Federal funding announced for Hope airpark upgrades

Government to contribute $99,660 to the improvement project

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl announced $99

The federal government is contributing $99,660 to support the Fraser Valley Regional District in upgrading Hope Regional Airpark.

Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl made the funding announcement on Tuesday at the Hope & District Recreation Centre.

“I understand there’s a lot of disrepair there and a lot of upgrades that are needed,” he said. “So definitely there will be some local employment and that’s a great benefit of this type of project. However, the main benefit will be the lasting legacy for the airpark going forward. I look forward to seeing those improvements when they are done.”

The project will include framing and drywall installation, plumbing, and retrofits to improve wheelchair accessibility. In addition, upgrades will be made to the Island 22 Equestrian Park, Cascade Falls Park, Thompson Park, and the Sumas Mountain Inter-Regional Park. Enhancements include picnic table installations, trail improvements, and public restroom upgrades.

“We’re particularly thankful and proud of the work that is going to go into the Hope Airpark,” said FVRD chair Sharon Gaetz. “There’s really a lot of work that needs to be done there and we’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. The existence of an airpark in this area serves to connect this community to the air transportation world and highlights the region for those with industrial and commercial interests.”

The federal contribution is part of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Conservatives have committed $150 million over two years to support projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure accessible for use by the public.

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