The Regional District of Central Kootenay is applying for federal grants to help pay for more than $250,000 worth of upgrades to the Nelson and District Community Complex.
If the application to Western Economic Diversification Canada is successful, it would cover half the tab of the projects. The other half would come out of the existing budget.
The work includes an $80,000 expansion to the fitness studio, $86,000 to replace the arena flooring, $60,000 to re-roof the section above the fitness studio, and $30,000 to install an adjustable height handicapped bed and lift in the family change room.
“Those things need to happen,” rec commission chair Ramona Faust said. “We have quite a lot of improvements and remedial work ahead of us — whatever we can find grant funds for to make the public experience better.”
The grant application was endorsed by the recreation commission in August, but through a clerical error only received regional district board approval this week.
The recreation complex opened in 2005.