WEST VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/17/12 -- Today, John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced federal funding for upgrades to the playground at John Lawson Park under the Harper Government's Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
"Our Government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities," said MP Weston. "My own children grew up playing in John Lawson Park, and I am proud to see our Government invest in a space that serves our entire community."
Funding of $244,200 will help the District of West Vancouver to upgrade the playground by installing drainage, irrigation and utilities; paving the walkways with concrete; installing playground equipment, rubber play surfaces and fixed furniture; and carrying out landscaping.
The end result will be a park with increased safety and accessibility for wheelchairs as well as one with modern, improved components.
"We are very fortunate for this funding to such a loved and well used amenity" said District of West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith. "As a destination park both for West Vancouver residents and visitors, we are pleased to see the longevity of the playground extended to future generations. This generous funding from the Federal Government demonstrates what we can accomplish when we work in partnership for the benefit of community."
CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.
Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating, small and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.
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