The ?akisq’nuk First Nation says a proposed $4 million sports centre could enhance recreational tourism in the Columbia Valley.
A ground breaking ceremony happened early in December and construction should be finished by August.
Economic Development Officer Heather Rennebohm says this facility has been in discussion for 20 years.
“We see teams from all over BC, all over Alberta coming to this rec centre to be involved in indoor soccer tournaments or training camps for golf and baseball,” Rennebohm says.
Rennebohm expects recreational tourism should increase in the region once the sports centre is complete.
“We see this as a real cluster opportunity, where we will have associations with other hospitality and accommodation services,” Rennebohm says. “Our resorts, the hot springs, the ski hills, we will augment the experience for all of their visitors.”
The facility is designed to support indoor soccer, lacrosse, and a driving range.
?akisq’nuk has approached the RDEK for $400,000 in financial support for the project.
– Heather Rennebohm, Economic Development Officer, ?akisq’nuk First Nation