Park, Picnickers to Benefit from New Funds

DAWSON CREEK – The Peace River Regional District will receive a grant of $12,500 from the provincial government for upgrades to Sudeten Heritage Park, Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom announced today.

?The history of Sudeten Heritage Park is one of ongoing community involvement,? Lekstrom said. ?From day one the community has stood behind this park, and that remains true to this day. I?m really proud that our Government is supporting the efforts of the Tomslake and District Recreation Commission and the entire community to maintain this valuable site.?

Sudeten Heritage Park was built by the community in 1967 as a centennial project and donated to the province for maintenance and up-keep. In May

2004 the park was slated for closure, but the community banded together to keep it open. The Tomslake and District Recreation Commission was given the opportunity to operate the park, and ownership was transferred back to the community in December of 2006.

The community, along with the Recreation Commission, is working hard to return the park to its original condition. The new funds will be used to complete the replacement of picnic tables in the park, many of which have deteriorated beyond repair. The community has already raised approximately $17,500 in donations and pledges for the project.

?It?s really inspiring to see a community pull together and create a space for residents and visitors to experience and enjoy the beautiful natural environment we?re so fortunate to have here in B.C.,? Lekstrom added. ?The Recreation Committee and the community really deserve to be commended for their exceptional work.?

The funds will be held by the Peace River Regional District and disbursed and used by non-government members of the Tomslake and District Recreation Commission, the Peace River Regional District and members of the community to supply and replace the tables.

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