In 2012, Village of Burns Lake received a $60,000 grant from Northern Development through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program towards this $2,972,947 project. This has been a funding partnership of Village of Burns Lake and Northern Development
In 2012, Northern Development approved $60,000 in grant funding toward a significant expansion of the Lakes District arena and curling rink structures. The project was part of the recovery efforts to stimulate economic activity in the Burns Lake area following the Babine Forest Products explosion in January 2012. The project connected and upgraded the Village’s existing arena and curling rink facilities in an effort to promote and improve community health, economy, recreation and spirit. The expansion included a squash court, climbing wall, children’s indoor play area, gym, equipment rental space, multi-use area and business space. The expansion added approximately 10,000 square feet of space top the existing curling rink and arena structures.
The project created 22 full-time and part-time positions during a two-year construction phase, which helped offset short-term displacement of workers impacted by the loss of Babine Forest Products. Northern Development’s $60,000 contribution to the project was granted out of the Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program. Additional funding to complete the project was provided by the Province of British Columbia, the Village of Burns Lake, the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako, the Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society and Tire Stewardship BC.
Mayor Luke Strimbold tells us: “The Lakeside Multiplex is a wonderful addition to Burns Lake. Not only does it help support active and healthy living in our community, but it provides a gathering place that can be used by residents all year long. It will also have a great economic benefit to Burns Lake as we are able to promote more recreational and leisure amenities which will help attract new residents and visitors to our area”.