Pelham gets $489K for upgrades to Centennial Park from province


Published February 2, 2022 at 10:45 am

From left: Pelham CAO David Cribbs and Regional Councillor Diana Huson, Councillor Wayne Olsen, Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff, Pelham resident James Frasier, Mayor Marvin Junkin and Councillor Marianne Stewart pose with Pickleball paddles.

Centennial Park in Pelham will have a new look in the near future, courtesy of the province.

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff came into town yesterday (February 1), carrying a cheque for $489,800 from the province’s Community Building Fund to redevelop Centennial, adding a basketball court, a ball hockey area and six brand new pickleball courts.

“As the provincial voice for Niagara West, one of my top priorities is infrastructure that benefits local communities and families,” said Oosterhoff.

The money came through the Capital Stream of the Community Building Fund, which allots monies to building new projects. There’s also an Operating Stream that helps underfunded organizations continue to operate.

“It is encouraging to see these timely investments for improved access to updated and accessible spaces, especially in rural communities,” said Pelham Mayor Marvin Junkin. “The improvements of the multi-use court will be a welcome addition to Centennial Park, the hub of outdoor recreation in rural Pelham.”

Pelham Regional Councillor Diana Huson said the pandemic has shown the need for outdoor recreation spaces, shown to benefit overall health and well-being.

“It’s a timely investment in Pelham’s recreation assets,” said Huson, “which has the potential to improve our quality of life and benefit citizens of all ages for many years to come.”

Pelham’s Director of Recreation, Culture and Wellness Vickie vanRavenswaay was happy to see improvements to the park that will benefit the town’s citizens for years to come.

“Centennial Park continues to be a wonderful location for residents to enjoy outdoor recreation in Pelham,” said vanRavenswaay. “With the upgrades and the exciting addition of pickleball courts, it is encouraging to see more opportunities for residents to be active.”

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