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Completed infrastructure upgrades cause to celebrate
South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert joined White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin and members of council and staff last week to celebrate the completion of a long list of major recreation infrastructure upgrades, all of them with the help of federal Canada Economic Action Plan funding.
Among the 20 projects noted in Jan. 24 completion events also attended by Couns. Larry Robinson and Al Campbell, then-acting city manager Sandra Kurylo and operations manager Paul Slack, were improvements to the Promenade, Peace Arch Elementary Park and Centennial Park, the Centennial Park Leisure Centre and Kent Street Activity Centre.
Promenade work included repair and upgrading of the Balsam and Oxford Street washrooms, plus an overhaul of the pier and revitalization of walking trails and walkways between the town centre and the waterfront.
At Peace Arch Elementary Park and Centennial Park, protective baseball fences have been installed, running tracks improved, new bleachers were added and a new washroom was added at Peace Arch Elementary Park, while the Centennial Park washroom upgrades emphasized accessibility for families and those with disabilities.
At Centennial Park Leisure Centre, ramp entrance, flooring, doors, paint and signage have been improved, while the telephone systems have been upgraded and a fibre-optic connection to city hall installed.
Revamping of Kent Street Activity Centre included an elevator, plus renovation of the roof and flooring, and the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
Hiebert, speaking on behalf of Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Lynn Yelich, said he was proud the federal government has "delivered on these important projects in White Rock."