DELTA – New Democrat MLA Ravi Kahlon says people in Delta will soon have access to a new rubberized running track and turf field at North Delta Secondary School, thanks to a joint provincial-federal investment of over $5.8 million to upgrade the existing track facility.
“For over three years people in our community have been organizing for a new track and facilities at North Delta Secondary School, and I am so proud that our New Democrat government could make this vision a reality,” said Ravi Kahlon, MLA for North Delta. “This track will be a place for people to come together, and will give more young people an opportunity to participate in sport and be active in our community. I am so pleased that we were able to work together to bring this track, and the opportunities that will come with it, to Delta.”
Track facility upgrades will include work to replace the existing worn athletic track with a new rubberized track and turf field. Upgrades will also be made to facility lighting, parking, bleachers, and washrooms. Once complete, residents of all ages from Delta and surrounding areas will have access to new and improved recreational opportunities in a modern, community-driven space.
“When we started to gauge interest in a new track and field in 2016/17 many people said it would never happen. So many people in North Delta are over the moon to see this project in the construction phase,” said Gary Sandhu, who teaches grades 11 and 12 at North Delta Secondary School. “We were lucky to have all three levels of government working toward this goal and it shows what is possible when everyone is working together to achieve something for a community.”
This local funding is part of over $228 million in grants going to B.C. communities through the first intake of the Community, Culture and Recreation and Rural & Northern Communities streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a provincial-federal cost-sharing program that makes investments in community and green infrastructure. The Province of B.C. has committed nearly $62 million of the total funding for this intake.
The second intake for both streams was announced on June 25, with nearly $160 million in combined funding available for projects.
Investments made through ICIP are designed to create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities, and support a low-carbon, green economy.