It was a record turnout for the Sunshine Valley’s Winter Fest 2019. A Sunshine Valley community organization is now applying for funding to improve the rink and build a summer splash park, as well as a seating area. (Kate Zabell)

It was a record turnout for the Sunshine Valley’s Winter Fest 2019. A Sunshine Valley community organization is now applying for funding to improve the rink and build a summer splash park, as well as a seating area. (Kate Zabell)

Regional district grants $100,000 to Sunshine Valley skating rink renewal project

Sunshine Valley may soon get an upgraded winter skating rink as well as a splash park and seating area, as the regional district agreed to grant the community $100,000 towards the project.

During an Oct. 27 board meeting, Fraser Valley Regional District directors voted unanimously in favour of granting the Sunshine Valley Community Recreation Society up to $100,000 for “construction of an outdoor rink, splash park and social seating areas.” This funding would be conditional upon the society receiving another $400,000 from the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program said Dennis Adamson, Electoral director for Sunshine Valley and Electoral Area B.

Adamson said he was very excited for the proposal, as the community has been trying to get a rink for a long time. Every winter a rink is constructed near the lake, he said. “This would actually give them a concrete base, where they could make the ice last longer. And they want to get a roof on it so they don’t have to shovel it as much.” In the summer it can be used for skateboarding Adamson added.

In response to a question from director Bud Mercer, Adamson said the maintenance costs for the rink would be borne by the community organization.

The funding would come from the Electoral Area B’s community works funding and community forest dividend, FVRD documents stated.

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