CERIP funding benefits Delta residents

DELTA residents will benefit from a $1,000,000 grant to redevelop the existing outdoor Ladner lacrosse court and provide a covered and serviced facility.

The City of Delta will use the grant to defray the costs of facility upgrades that will be enjoyed by the community for years to come. Planned improvements include increasing the number of pathways, improving lighting, and covering the existing lacrosse box to create an improved multi-use sport facility.

These renovations will enhance the quality and user experience of recreational infrastructure in Delta, while improving accessibility and giving residents of all ages access to safe, modern facilities. Having a covered outdoor multi-sport court will allow residents who have limited access to indoor spaces the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreation opportunities year-round. The improvements will also allow continued league play for sport user groups and provide a potential venue for tournaments that will bring players and teams from neighbouring communities to Delta when this is permitted.

The grant funding was awarded by the Province of British Columbia as part of the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP). CERIP supports community initiatives through investment in short-term, small-scale public infrastructure that meets the Province’s economic recovery objectives.

Delta Mayor George V. Harvie said: “Over the past year, we have seen how important outdoor activity is for maintaining physical and mental health and overall well-being. Converting the outdoor lacrosse box into a covered facility will allow sport groups and the public to participate in outdoor activities year-round. It will also be a great facility for trainers and coaches of athletes of all levels. The City and the region will see many positive benefits from these improvements, and we thank the Province for its investment in our community.”
Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs, said: “I congratulate the City of Delta on this project that will provide many opportunities for people to participate in team sports and enjoy these modernized recreational facilities. Local governments know their region’s needs best, and this funding will bring people of all ages together in a safe environment, and as we move past the pandemic, contribute to a more active community.”

Construction on this project is anticipated to begin in July with completion currently expected in spring 2022.