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Village of Pemberton receives funding for soccer pitch

Projects throughout the Sea to Sky part of federal announcement
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It’ll soon be easier to get your kicks in Pemberton.

The federal government announced on July 3 that the Village of Pemberton (VOP) has been awarded $3.09 million from the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) from its Investing in Canada Plan.

In a release, the VOP noted that the total project cost is just north of $4.22 million, with the remaining funding coming from the Village’s Community Amenity Contributions, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District contributions, developer contributions and community contributions.

The project itself, located on Pemberton Farm Road East, will include a grass soccer field, water well for irrigation, fencing and lighting, as well as an amenity building with washrooms, change rooms, storage and concessions.

The federal plan received $44.5 million in federal funding, $19.2 million from the provincial government and more than $23 million from applicants and is being dispersed in two streams: the CCRIS and the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNCIS).

Several other Sea to Sky projects received funding through the CCRIS, including:

• the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler, which is revitalizing its building through installing an HVAC system, upgrading sound, light and surveillance equipment, refurbishing its floors and exterior, and updating storyboard panels to reflect changes in written Squamish and Lil’wat languages; and

• the Southern Stl'atl'imx Health Centre in Mount Currie, which will provide four First Nations with medical, dental and counselling services through a new mobile health unit, replacing two trailers.

Meanwhile, N’Quatqua First Nation earned funding for a multiuse facility through the RNCIS. The 1,297-square-metre building will include a gymnasium, offices, cultural reception areas, fitness centre and cultural chamber. The facility will be built incorporating green technology and sustainable business practices.