Lillooet among finalists for BCAA Play Here contest

By Jill Sperling
June 17, 2016 - 12:12pm Updated: June 17, 2016 - 5:25pm

LILLOOET, B.C. —There's a bit of a David and Goliath battle going on in a contest for a new public park. 

The small town of Lillooet is up against some giants as a finalist in the BCAA Play Here contest

The community is looking to build a public playground in its downtown core and the contest could be the ticket to achieving that dream. 

Toby Mueller is with the playground committee in Lillooet and says the town is holding their own in the contest.  

"We're really in the running," Mueller said. "It's amazing for a small community, around 5,000 people, we are neck and neck with a community in Victoria and vying for first and second place, back and forth over the days. It's amazing that we're doing so well."

The winner of the contest will receive $100,000 to revitalize a public space.
Mueller hopes to see other communities in the region help Lillooet out with some votes.

"People like hockey moms who bring their kids to Lillooet, and other people who travel through Lillooet from Clinton and Kamloops," Mueller said. 

"We're up against a really big community and we're a really small community so we're hoping that our neighbours in the B.C. Interior will start voting for us."

Voting closes midnight on June 29. The winner will be announced on July 11.

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