Funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada creates enhanced recreation facility
Students at UBC’s Okanagan campus have a new place to stretch their legs between classes.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the Commons Field yesterday following a series of upgrades and enhancements. Previously a simple greenspace, the Commons Field now includes lighting, a levelled and newly resurfaced natural turf field, and posts for slacklining.
The enhancements to the Commons Field were made possible by a federal investment of $225,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada. This funding was allocated under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
“Congratulations to UBC Okanagan on the renovated Commons Field,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, and minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “Investments like these play a key role in building a stronger, more vibrant community for everyone.”
“Improvements to the Commons Field will be a welcome addition for students, staff, and the wider community,” says Stephen Fuhr, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Whether you are kicking the soccer ball around or participating in other physical activities, this space will be a great place to meet with friends and take a break between classes. The Government of Canada is proud to support infrastructure that helps improve community health and well-being.”
The new Commons Field will play host to intramural sports, informal matches, and minor sports games organized by UBC Campus Recreation.
“The new Commons Field celebrates 150 years and will contribute to creating a healthy future here in the Okanagan. It is both a beautiful green space at the heart of the campus and a much needed outdoor sports and recreation facility for students, staff, and the community,” says UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard. “We are grateful to Western Economic Diversification for this important investment.”