In 2010, Eagle Creek Recreation Commission received a $11,679 grant from Northern Development through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program towards this $47,358 project. This has been a funding partnership of Eagle Creek Recreation Commission, Northern Development, Lakes District Fall Fair Association, and Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society
2012-The Eagle Creek Recreation Commission has been continually improving their facilities over the course of many years. The society takes a proactive approach to ensuring that the Eagle Creek fair grounds in Burns Lake are well maintained and ready for the many seasonal events hosted on the grounds every year. The grounds are home to many facilities, some of which include softball diamonds, rodeo and fair grounds, and an outdoor riding arena and stadium.
Since 1986, a variety of buildings and amenities have been built on the land to accommodate a range of events. One of the buildings that has recently been constructed is a new barn that holds the Lakes District Fall Fair’s heavy horse pull event. Northern Development was a funder for improvements to the Lakes District Fall Fair facilities, and has continued to support the construction and improvements of the facilities with this infrastructure project with the Eagle Creek Recreation Commission in 2010.
This project involves a number of improvements to the Eagle Creek recreation grounds and facilities, including major renovations within the main community hall, construction of a non-serviced campground, upgrading the road access to the campground, improvements to the infields of the three ball diamonds, replacement and painting the bleachers and dugouts, and installing electrical and water services within the ball diamond area that will eliminate the use of diesel and gas generators at the site during events.
This project has seen a comprehensive range of renovations implemented at the Eagle Creek fair grounds and baseball diamonds, which are important community facilities in Burns Lake. A major benefit achieved under this project was the addition of electrical and water services on site. This has eliminated the cost of hauling water and using gas and diesel generators within the ball diamonds for the many non-profits and community groups that use the facilities for events. There is also the potential of hosting ball tournaments at the facility since it the Eagle Creek Recreation Commission reports the venue will be much more cost effective to maintain. Previously, tournaments that had once been held at the ball diamonds were moved elsewhere due to the poor condition of the fields, as they had not received any significant maintainance since they were built in 1987. Now Eagle Creek Recreation Commission can bring these tournaments back to the facility, and host these large multi-day events closer the heart of Burns Lake.
The construction of a campground facility at Eagle Creek under this project has increased the number of campsites available to event attendees, and with the convenience of the campground being located on the grounds, travel for visitors will decrease, and they will be able to stay longer within the community of Burns Lake. The completion of the main hall provides a facility that the recreation commission can now rent to different user groups and community members. Previously, Eagle Creek Recreation Commission reported that the main hall was cold and unfinished, and as a result not appealing for hosting events and missing out on the revenue potential events could provide the society and other community groups. By renting out the hall, the Commission is expected to see a direct and sustained increase in revenues.