Canada and British Columbia are investing in 57 infrastructure projects across the province to create inclusive, resilient communities. And for Fernie, it’s a new skate park with a whopping $1.28 million investment into the community!
The City of Fernie skatepark facility as it exists requires extensive upgrades in order for it to meet the safety standards of the fully integrated modern concrete parks being constructed today. Although some attempts to repair have occurred in the past year, the scale of repairs needed is extensive. The uncontrolled cracking and gaps in the cement pose a threat to current users of the facility. Unfortunately, this will likely result in the decommissioning of the facility in the near future. Fernie Council voted to support the grant application for a new skate park in 2020.
Fernies’s new skate park will be designed and installed by New Line Skateparks from Vancouver.
Joint federal, provincial, and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 57 projects across British Columbia. Projects include new and upgraded community, cultural, and recreational spaces, active transportation infrastructure, and wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
The Government of Canada is investing over $56.8 million towards these projects through the Community Culture, and Recreation Infrastructure Stream, the Green Infrastructure Stream, and the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of British Columbia is contributing over $53.4 million. Recipients are contributing over $27.1 million to these projects.
See the full list of the 57 projects here.