A new scoreboard for Queen Elizabeth Park is among the projects being funded by the Columbia Basin Trust’s Basin Plays grant.
The City of Nelson will receive $15,000 for the scoreboard, which will add to ongoing renovations of the ballpark being done by the Nelson Baseball Association.
The Nelson Rowing Club has been granted $21,432 for equipment that increases youth participation, while Glacier Gymnastics is receiving $12,608 to buy new equipment including a balance beam, safety padding and uneven bars.
The projects were among the 80 announced Thursday that are receiving a total of $500,000.
“We heard how important it was to parents, educators and communities to get children and youth moving to improve their physical and mental well-being,” said the Trust’s delivery of benefits manager Michelle d’Entremont in a statement.
“We’re thrilled that so many groups, schools and individuals have committed to increasing and improving opportunities for young people, which will have so many benefits, including fun, for countless young participants.”
Other local recipients include:
• West Kootenay Football Club: $2,149 for floodlights and a generator to light up fields.
• School District 8: $25,000 to upgrade the tennis court, basketball court and skatepark in Salmo.
• W.E. Graham Community Service Society: $14,312 to build a beginner section in the Tenacity Skatepark in Slocan.
• Ymir Community Association: $17,710 for a pump track.
• Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre Society: $6,000 to “create bonds between community mentors and girls by offering a supportive environment and exposure to a variety of sports and recreation activities presented in fun, empowering and positive manners.”