SURREY, BC, July 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure promotes healthy, active lifestyles and brings communities together. This quality of life is what builds neighbourhoods that Canadians are proud to call home.
Today, John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale—Langley City, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; her Worship Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey; and Dave McKague, Treasurer of the Surrey United Soccer Club, announced joint funding of over $5.8 million for upgrades to the Cloverdale Athletic Park. This project supports the city's Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan that helps ensure facilities continue to meet the demands of the diverse and growing communities.
Work includes replacing the aging artificial turf on Field #1, and installing new artificial turf on Field #2 as well as the warm-up field. Next spring, the City expects to start work on building a new field house along with additional parking spaces. The new field house will include changing rooms, indoor space for seniors, as well as cultural and community group programs.
Once complete, the multi-sport facility will provide better fields for sporting events and extend the outdoor playing season. It will also equip the park to better support the demands from the growing population of the surrounding communities.
"Recreational infrastructure—like Cloverdale's multi-sport facility here in Surrey—helps keep residents active and strengthens their sense of community. The Government of Canada is making smart investments in public infrastructure that improve the quality of people's lives, and promote economic prosperity through the creation of well-paying jobs for the middle class."
John Aldag, Member of Parliament for Cloverdale—Langley City,
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The comprehensive upgrades at Cloverdale Athletic Park reflect the priority the City of Surrey places on our recreational spaces and how we are always looking for opportunities to improve and expand them. The work being done here will ensure that Cloverdale Athletic Park will remain one of the premier sports parks in the Lower Mainland. I want to thank the Government of Canada and Surrey United Soccer Club for sharing our vision and partnering with us to keep Surrey actively engaged."
Her Worship Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey
"Surrey United, along with other user groups, will soon enjoy some significant improvements to Cloverdale Athletic Park that will serve their members and the greater community. A process that began almost two years ago has culminated with great cooperation from groups including Surrey United, the City of Surrey, the Provincial Government through former MLA Peter Fassbender, and the Federal Government through MP John Aldag. We would especially like to recognize MP John Aldag who was instrumental in pursuing these funds in the spirit of strengthening the sense of community and health and welfare of his constituents. We would also like to recognize City of Surrey Councillor Mike Starchuk who provided great guidance to make this project a reality."
Dave McKague, Treasurer of the Surrey United Soccer Club
- The Government of Canada is providing $1,919,463 through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects.
- The City of Surrey is contributing $3,715,926, while the Surrey United Soccer Club will contribute the remaining $200,000.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Oliver Lum, Communications Manager, Office of the Mayor, 604-591-4519, [email protected]; Spiro Pegios, Surrey United Soccer Club, 778-549-0185, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]