Sparwood’s leisure centre will see over $224,000 of essential work completed this year through federal government grants.
Over $100,000 of that investment is coming from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, supporting four projects at the Henry Volkmann Memorial Leisure Complex.
Director of Community and Facility Services Duane Lawrence expects all upgrades to be done before October.
“45 per cent funding is what we received. Without it, we would have had to look at these projects individually over a longer period of time,” Lawrence says. “By getting this type of support, we’re able to undertake these works in 2017 rather than over a number of years.”
Lawrence says this is essential to recreation in the District.
“The tennis courts were originally bult 35 years ago and the play centre was installed back in the late ’90s,” Lawrence says. “So they’ve all had at least 20 year runs on them. Its anticipated that after about 20 years of use, they need to be replaced.”
Some of the work includes replacing the pool’s chlorination system and indoor play centre.
Sparwood’s tennis courts will also be redone to include four pickle ball areas.
– Sparwood’s Director of Community and Facility Services, Duane Lawrence
– Jeff Johnson