May 4, 2015
Northern Development has approved a $30,000 grant to upgrade the boat launch and shower house at Cedar Point Provincial Park in the community of Likely. The grant was approved through the Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities funding program, and is part of the economic development recovery efforts underway to support the community following the tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine. The boat launch upgrade will make it easier for visitors and campers to launch from Cedar Point, and the new shower house will serve as a comfort-amenity for visitors to the area.
A $2,400 grant will help market the community of Likely to tourists along Highway 97. Northern Development recently approved the grant through its Marketing Initiatives program. The funding will be used to purchase a reflective billboard sign that will be placed along Highway 97 between Quesnel and Prince George, advertising the community of Likely to visitors and residents travelling through the area. The funding is part of the economic development recovery efforts underway to support the community following the tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine.
Northern Development has approved $30,000 for the development of the Binche Keyoh recreation centre near Fort St. James. The grant was provided through the Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program, and will be used to help build a 1,800-square-foot recreation space that includes a public gathering space, workout room, bathrooms, kitchen and storage area. The recreation centre will allow the Binche Keyoh to hold cultural events and will also provide an additional revenue stream for the community through facility rentals.
A $7,500 grant from Northern Development will be used to help promote the Haida Gwaii Museum. The museum plays a central role revitalizing Haida culture by supporting local artists, amalgamating the largest collection of Haida art and artifacts and partnering with museums from around the world. The funding was provided through the Trust’s Marketing Initiatives program, and will be used to develop a website that will stimulate renewed tourist traffic by providing more in-depth information about Haida culture and the museum’s collections. The website is also designed to increase admissions and allow visitors to continue learning about Haida culture and history even after they’ve left the physical space of the museum.
Northern Development has approved $30,000 to help support and expand the Quesnel SkyFest Airshow – a two-day event held bi-annually and one of the region’s premier aeronautics attractions. The funding was approved through the Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program, and will be used to purchase fencing, a storage container, festival tents, a generator and medical treatment centre. These new assets will facilitate a safer environment for event attendees and create a more attractive venue for sponsors – increasing attendance and revenue for SkyFest.