Feds kick in $500k to replace TCC track

By James Peters
February 9, 2017 - 11:48am Updated: February 9, 2017 - 5:42pm

KAMLOOPS — The federal government has committed more than half-a-million dollars to a pair of Kamloops-area projects.

Liberal MP John Aldag announced a $500,000 contribution to the replacement of the ten-year-old indoor track at the Tournament Capital Centre this morning.

Mayor Peter Milobar says, for users of the track and for the city itself, the grant is much appreciated.

"It's an expense that we would have to try to figure out how to work on. I can tell you as we just went through a civic budget meeting yesterday, a half-million dollars to Kamloops is not an insignificant amount. It would represent almost half a percent tax hike in a given year," said Milobar. 

Aldag also announced Ottawa will kick in $55,000 for a playground in the Skeetchestn Indian Band's multi-purpose community park.

"It plays well into our strategy as council to increase and make our community a stronger, healthier and more vibrant community," said Ron Ignace, Chief of the Skeetchestn Indian Band. "This always helps to get the children away from their electronics."

The investments are part of the federal government's Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

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