Castlegar City Hall. (Photo: Kristen Lawson)

Millenium Park Phase 3 gets funding support from feds, province

The Millennium Park Phase 3 project in Castlegar is getting a boost in funding from senior levels of government as part of a program to support recreation and green infrastructure initiatives across the province.

Funding for the Millennium Park project will include $654,400 from the federal government, $545,279 from the province and a local contribution of $436, 321, which will go towards installing a castle play structure and create an accessible travel walking trail around the park, according to a news release.

“Accessible spaces that enable community members to gather, learn and express their creativity help reduce social isolation and promote inclusivity,” said Joyce Murray, a Liberal MP representing Vancouver Quadra, on behalf of the federal government. “Our government is happy that British Columbia is partnering with us to invest in social and green infrastructure projects that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of British Columbians.”

The funding will help improve people’s health and well being through improved access to culture and recreation, according to Nathan Cullen, the BC’s minister of municipal affairs.

“By investing in accessible community infrastructure, we’re ensuring British Columbians in every corner of the province benefit from vibrant, well-connected communities,” said Cullen.

All told, the recent funding announcement included $110 million to 57 projects across the province.

Other West Kootenay projects include $1.7 million between the feds and the province for various treatment upgrades to the Christina Lake Water System. Specific work will include construction and installation of new pipes, disinfecting systems and connection systems to existing structures.