In 2014, City of Williams Lake received a $30,000 grant from Northern Development through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program towards this $596,567 project. This has been a funding partnership of City of Williams Lake and Northern Development
Residents of Williams Lake who want to heat up from the winter cold should take a trip to the upgraded Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Not long ago, the boilers at the facility were outdated and driving up costs for users. The City of Williams Lake realized a replacement was in order to keep the facility running well into the future, and Northern Development Initiative Trust was there with a $30,000 grant from the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program to support the project. The upgrades reduced the facility’s carbon foot print and ensured the local residents still had a place to swim year round.
Geoff Paynton, director of community services for the City of Williams Lake, tells us; “Since the installation of our new boilers we have seen our natural gas use drop significantly. Not only is this great for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions but it translates into money saved that we can reinvest into our facility in other areas making it a win-win for everyone.”