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Westbank unveils athlete haven with multi-use sports park

Build the sports park and athletes — and people searching for recreational enjoyment — will come.

That seems to be the outcome of Westbank First Nation's grand unveiling of the $700,000 Multi-use Sports Park last week, adjacent to the 2017 Youth Centre at 1880 Quail Lane.

“Seeing many members of our community enjoying the park together is what it’s all about,” says Terry Turcan, Advisory Council Chair.

“The park ties in nicely with other nearby recreational facilities, including soccer fields, a pavilion and a baseball stadium. We should all be very proud of these facilities and I encourage our youth and community to use them often. limləmt (thank-you).”

<who>Photo Credit: Jacquie Biblow</who>Corporal Mike Williams throwing up three-pointers with Will Swite in the new Sport Court

The new park falls in line with a handful of community improvements effectuated by Council in the past several years, says Chief Roxanne Lindley, including construction of a $5.5 million Youth Centre and a $9 million renovation to Sensisyusten School.

"Outdoor recreational spaces play a lasting role in building health, family-centered communities . . . it's a great pleasure to be opening another wonderful facility within the core where people can be active, health and build community."

<who>Photo Credit: Jacquie Biblow</who>Councillor Tom Konek going for a whirl on the state-of-the-art Pump Track

Included in the new athlete haven is a multi-use sports court with a fenced perimeter, built-in basketball and hockey nets and player box seats.

For those with zeal for wheels, and up-and-down Pump Track is ripe for bikes, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades where the design of the course produces momentum to enforce continuous movement. There is also a classic skate bowl devised for drop-in roller sports usage.

For more information on the park and other facilities in the area, click here.



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