The Lake Cowichan Kinsmen Club’s Duck Pond revitalization project is one of 13 that has received a portion of $1 million as a 2022 recipient of the Mid-Island Co-op’s Community Spaces program.
Members of the club have welcomed the addition of a $25,000 infusion thanks to the project which is aimed at helping to “protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada,” as it has allowed them to accomplish their fundraising goals after several years of raising money, and move ahead with the much-needed new equipment.
“This means everything to the Kinsmen/Kinettes to replace the aging equipment with a new, safer play area alongside the beautiful riverside,” said Kinsman Steve White, the project’s manager. “This new playground should get more citizens of Lake Cowichan out to the park with their children knowing we have considered meeting all safety requirements while keeping in mind of persons with disabilities and wheelchair accessibility throughout the equipment. Thank you to Co-op for your generous donation.”
Through the program, Co-op has provided $11.5 million to 160 projects since 2015 in three categories: recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture.
“Mid Island Co-op is very excited about this partnership with the Lake Cowichan Kinsmen Club through the Co-op Community Spaces Program,” said Ian Anderson, chief executive officer of Mid Island Co-op. “Investing in our communities is a part of our Co-op values and we are proud to help the community of Lake Cowichan upgrade their playground equipment at the Duck Pond to make it accessible for all children.”
The Duck Pond revitalization project is expected to be complete by the end of this summer.
Learn more about the program and its recipients at communityspaces.ca