Lake Country recreational facilities get financial boost

Improvements planned for community centre and soccer field

  • Mar. 19, 2012 12:00 p.m.
MLA Norm Letnick believes upgrades at Beasley Park will benefit Lake Country residents.

MLA Norm Letnick believes upgrades at Beasley Park will benefit Lake Country residents.

A popular Lake Country park is receiving a significant upgrade.

The Beasley Park soccer field will receive $400,000 from the Ministry of Community Development to renovate the community centre and install lighting.

“Both the upgraded community centre and soccer fields will be put to great use,” said Norm Letnick, Lake Country MLA.

“I know groups like the Lake Country Youth Soccer Association will be pleased with this project.  Bigger isn’t always better, but Beasley Park is about to be both.”

The existing facilities are used heavily by various user groups.  Extending usage on already built fields by adding lights and renovating the existing facilities are cost effective and practical as opposed to constructing a new facility.

Renovation of the Beasley Community Centre will include:

* New multi-use deck of 1,840 square feet

* New wood floors of 1,600 square feet

* Fitness system mounting

* A toilet room

* Upgrade interior lighting

* Relocate sound system

* Renovate showers and washrooms facilities

The upgrade of Beasley field #2 will include:

* Install field lighting towers

* Install field lights

* Landscaping

The District of Lake Country will own the project and will be responsible for ongoing operational and maintenance costs once the project is done.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the region to substantially increase the recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities,” said Mayor James Baker.

“Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and helps reduce preventable death and disease.  The province, local governments and health authorities are working together to provide opportunities that make it easier for people to make healthier choices, every day.”