The Oliver and District Arena is set to get a $3 million makeover.
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is receiving $2,176,485 in provincial funding, along with $130,000 in federal funding for rehabilitating the aging arena, as well as putting in $838,865 of its own funding.
The upgrades will go towards modernizing the 53-year-old arena and include upgrades to the cooling system, rink boards, washrooms and the change rooms.
“Having reliable, accessible, recreation facilities helps build genuine community, and makes our rural communities even more excellent places to live, work, and play,” said Roly Russell, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen.
The arena had been facing an uncertain future in 2021, when it was up for the Kraft Hockeyville competition in the hopes of bringing in funds for needed repairs.
The funding for the Oliver Arena from the federal government is one of four projects to receive funding, alongside funding for the K’ómoks First Nations community wellbeing centre, the First Nations of Ashcroft Indian Band’s community and recreation centre and expansion of wheelchair accessibility of the Cariboo Regional District trail network.
The funding is part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream, which goes towards spaces in communities that allow people to connect, celebrate culture and stay active.
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