RICHMOND – New Democrat MLAs Henry Yao, Kelly Greene, and Aman Singh say that the future Alexandra Neighbourhood Park will be equipped with new recreational amenities with help from $1 million in new economic recovery funding from the province.
“The pandemic has reminded us all just how important green spaces are for our wellbeing,” said Yao, MLA for Richmond South Centre. “I look forward to when families in the Alexandra neighbourhood will be able to get outside to play, exercise, and explore nature together in this park when it is safe to do so.”
The park, which is currently being developed, will provide recreational opportunities for families in the growing Alexandra neighbourhood, with an ecological focus. Amenities will include a playground, dog park, and natural spaces.
“By supporting this project, New Democrats are investing in Richmond’s communities” said Greene, MLA for Richmond-Steveston. “This infrastructure funding will stimulate our local economy now, and the Alexandra Neighbourhood Park will be enjoyed by a growing neighbourhood for years to come.”
“B.C.’s Economic Recovery Plan is helping us build Richmond back better,” said Singh, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “By giving families more access to recreation while supporting local job creation, we are making sure that people in Richmond recover and come out of this pandemic stronger.”
This funding is coming through B.C.’s CERIP (Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program) which is providing $100 million in one-time infrastructure grants for shovel-worthy projects across B.C. These projects will improve community economic resilience, develop tourism infrastructure, support unique heritage infrastructure, and support economic recovery for rural communities.
CERIP’s funding is distributed through different provincial ministries, including Municipal Affairs; Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; and Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operators and Rural Development.
This funding is part of BC’s $10 billion COVID-19 response to help support people, businesses, communities, and critical services, and build a strong economic recovery that works for everyone.