The Nelson Circus Performers Association is one of seven Nelson organizations receiving recreation funding from Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Louis Bockner

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Seven Nelson organizations are receiving grants from Columbia Basin Trust to create or improve recreational facilities.

The Nelson Baseball Club and Nelson Tennis Club are being funded $25,000 each out of CBT’s $502,154 Basin Plays Capital Improvement Grants, which are split up among 34 projects.

“By building young peoples’ knowledge and competency in physical activity and sport, we are investing in their future,” said Aimee Ambrosone, Columbia Basin Trust director for delivery of benefits, in a statement.

“Supporting our children and youth to be active and healthy will inspire them to participate in healthy active living throughout their lives.”

The baseball club will use its grant to construct a multi-age baseball diamond and new outfield fence at Queen Elizabeth Park.

The tennis club will use its funding to construct a facility centre at its new multi-court complex behind L.V. Rogers. That centre will include washrooms and change rooms.

The City of Nelson meanwhile has been granted $17,401 to build a bouldering wall at the Nelson and District Youth Centre, while also upgrading the existing indoor skate park.

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club is receiving $15,822 to build a storage shed for school outreach program equipment, while Kootenay Kids Society will also be granted $6,700 to construct a bouldering wall for children aged three to six at its Early Care and Learning Centre. The society is also building an outdoor, all-season climbing structure at its Family Place Centre.

The Nelson Circus Performers Association will use $6,025 to build three portable aerial rings for its Discover Circus, and the Nelson Kayak Canoe Club has been granted $3,828 for a boat trailer.

Proposed projects in Ymir, Salmo, Slocan and Crawford Bay are also included in the funding.

Ymir Community Association will received $25,000 for a multi-purpose court, while Crawford Bay’s South Kootenay Lake Community Services Society will purchase climbing equipment for $20,000 for the local park.

A new bike pump track will be built at Slocan’s W.E. Graham School with $25,000 in funding, and the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre Society will receive $6,398 for two portable gym dividers and two basketball backboards for the community gymnasium.

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