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Feds, city split tab for Rotary Park upgrades
Cowichan Bulldogs' football players wagged with happiness as $314,000 in taxpayer improvements to Duncan's Rotary Park were unveiled Wednesday.
"It looks better and everything," said Bulldog Travis McDonald, 15, after Minister of State John Duncan and Mayor Phil Kent hiked funds for fencing, irrigation, turf improvements, bleachers, lighting, bridge replacements, and water fountains in busy riverside park used for football, soccer and other sports.
"Overall, this will help out," McDonald said.
Duncan remembered living on nearby Marchmont Street as he announced Ottawa's $157,000 from the federal Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
"This will have a long-lasting, positive impact," the chief government whip and Vancouver Island North MP said, noting economic activity and and jobs should spring from the local funds.
"We need an ongoing commitment to infrastructure in Canada."
It was unknown if Cowichan NDP MP Jean Crowder was aware of funding announcement.
Kent and Rotary Club president Mike Lee also cheered city and Ottawa cash to upgrade Rotary fields beside Fish Gut Alley.
"The football clubs are are very strong," said soccer coach Kent. "This is a very well used facility."
City staff noted Robin Pederson from Construction Drilling donated approximately $10,000. That involved use of the equipment and piping to install foundations for the park's overhead lights. The only bill Pederson submitted was $2,500 to cover his staff wages.
The park upgrades twin city hall's ongoing drive to create a liveable community, the mayor said of the parkland donated by the Rotary Club in 1966.