Federal funding boosts Sportsplex's Legacy Fitness Circuit
The Cowichan Sportsplex received $89,850 in matching federal funds through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund Wednesday.
The funds will be directed toward improvements that include the installation of a rubberized pathway, fitness stations, benches, picnic tables and a water fountain.
"Here in Duncan, the Cowichan Sportsplex is an important part of community life,'' said Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "There is, however, always room for improvement.''
The funding matches contributions made by the community toward improvements to the Legacy Fitness Circuit, a project coinciding with Duncan's 100th anniversary.
"This is at least the third federal grant the Sportsplex has received,'' pointed out Chesterfield Sports Society president Don McClintock.
Previous grants were directed toward the track and ball diamonds.
"These matching federal funds effectively double our community fundraising efforts, bringing more fitness possibilities to folks who prefer to exercise in a natural setting or may not be able to afford to go to a gym,'' noted McClintock.
"It's an exciting milestone for our community,'' added Sportsplex executive director Catherine Brandon.
"I look forward to seeing the results of this investment and the benefits that come with it,'' said Yelich.
The grant does not alleviate the crisis the Sportsplex faces in funding its day-to-day operations. That will continue into the new year when an application for a grant-in-aid goes before the Cowichan Valley Regional District again while the Municipality of North Cowichan and City of Duncan will be solicited for the usual yearly contributions until a permanent funding formula is found.
In the meantime, no one disputes the benefits the Sportsplex provides to the community in so many ways.
"It's multi-level,'' said Simon Young of Real Results Training. "You can have grandparents and grandchildren next to each other. It's going to help eradicate those reasons why you don't do fitness.
"From a fitness professional's perspective, the main thing I want people to do is get moving and keep moving.''