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Cash comes for park enhancements

Lumby families will get an enhanced Oval Park by next summer, thanks to an injection of provincial cash.

On Wednesday morning, Bill Bennett, minister of community, sport and cultural development; Eric Foster, MLA Vernon Monashee; and Village of Lumby mayor Kevin Acton busted out their golden shovels and broke ground on the new Oval Park Recreation Enhancements Project.

The project includes construction of a re-circulating spray park and an outdoor fitness equipment park. The new facilities are the result of a $348,000 Community Recreation Program grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The grant is part of a $30-million provincial program, aimed at helping smaller communities by adjusting provincial contribution from 33 per cent up to 80 per cent.

Mayor Acton says the project will be ready for Summer 2013.

“Smaller communities are really challenged sometimes when you got a third-third-third project,” said Bennett. “It’s always a third from the province, a third from the federal government, and a third from the communities.”

Local Lumby organization Teddy’s Devils and Martin’s Angels, responsible for Lumby’s Sunshine Coach, initially proposed the plan and contributed $30,000 toward the project. The local Lions Club also raised $30,000 toward the new facilities.

“I want to acknowledge the hard work done by Ted and Marg (Luszcz) and Sherry (Kineshanko) on this and Don Clark from the Lion’s Club,” said Foster. “Thank them very much for their work and contributions to the community, as always, and their commitment to this project.”

“I don’t think I’ve encountered a project that really captures the community element of what we’re trying to do any better than what you have here in Lumby,” said Bennett, who went on to praise the fundraising efforts of Teddy’s Devils and Martin’s Angels and the Lion’s Club as well.

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