North Ok Receives Millions for Infrastructure Projects

The City of Vernon will receive federal funding for two infrastructure projects.

“Today I am very pleased to announce that Vernon will receive $2.5 million for infrastructure improvements from the federal Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund,” said City of Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund. “The 29th/30th Street corridor and 39th Avenue intersection project was approved for $2.394 million; and the Drainage Infrastructure Prioritization project was approved for $105,175.”

Lumby also received a big cheque.

The Pat Duke Memorial Arena receives $2.5 million from Federal Gas Tax Fund to improve the popular facility.

The Village of Lumby and the Regional District of North Okanagan have been awarded up to $2,595,625 million dollars to make improvements to the Pat Duke Arena in Lumby. The project will focus on adding four new change rooms and renovating the existing change rooms, but will also include upgrades to make the facility more operationally effective, safe, and energy efficient.

The Pat Duke Memorial Arena provides ice time for a variety of users, including minor hockey, figure skating, ringette and leisure ice uses, and has been serving the community since 1967. Unfortunately, due to its age, the needs of all of the facility users are not being met. Due to an insufficient number of change rooms, female ice users have had to use inadequate facilities during co-ed play. The arena also poses challenges for users with mobility issues, and does not meet today's standards for accessibility. This funding will allow a significant renovation and addition to this cherished community arena, allowing it to continue to serve the North Okanagan well into the future.

The contribution of federal Gas Tax Fund money completes the required funding for the total project cost of $3 million dollars, adding to the $100,000 won by the community through Kraft Hockeyville, the $75,000 raised through fundraising, and the $230,000 provided by the Regional District of North Okanagan through the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture service. 

Lumby Mayor Kevin Acton says, "I am very grateful to the Federal and Provincial governments for the funding, and excited to see Lumby residents benefit from such a generous grant," says Kevin Acton, Village of Lumby Mayor. "I am so incredibly pleased with the amount of effort and patience Village and Regional District staff have put into this project for the benefit of the community. This is a very good example of how having the right people, in the right job pays off." 

RDNO Board Chair, Bob Fleming says, "Arenas are important community assets, but are expensive to maintain for smaller communities like Lumby," said Bob Fleming, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional District of North Okanagan. "Thanks to the federal Gas Tax Fund we can now ensure that the Pat Duke Arena continues to serve the community at today's standards of safety and accessibility."

Regional District of North Okanagan also received $120,000 for the North Swan Lake Natural Capital Asset Plan.

Kalamalka Road Multi Use Path Receives Gas Tax Funding.  The District of Coldstream is pleased to announce that the Kalamalka Road Multi Use Path project has been made possible thanks to the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

The Kalamalka Road Multi Use Path is a 4 meter wide pathway extending 350 meters from the Coldstream/Vernon boundary to the intersection of College Way and Kalamalka Road. The Multi Use path will provide a key connection point between the existing College Way path and a new path in the City of Vernon. It will also serve as a key connection point for future users of the Okanagan Rail Trail. Federal Gas Tax funds up to $495,000 have been awarded to help offset the estimated construction costs of $520,000.
“Improvements to local infrastructure are so important. They make our communities even better places to live,” said Selina Robinson, B.C. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians.”

“The completion of the Kalamalka Road Multi Use Path will provide a key travel connection for commuters and recreational users in the community, particularly with the anticipated increased usage of the Okanagan Rail Trail. It will also support the future development of the District owned property along Kalamalka Road” said Mayor Jim Garlick.