Armstrong and Spallumcheen partner with Vernon to host 55+ B.C. Games

ARMSTRONG - The Councils of the City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen are pleased to announce their support and backing of the City of Vernon to host the 2017 55+ B.C. Games, formerly known as the B.C. Seniors Games.

The cost to Armstrong and Spallumcheen is proportionate to the population of the City of Vernon which equates to a $5,000 cash contribution and in-kind contributions through the donation of facilities managed by the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks and Recreation Commission. The cash contribution will be shared 50/50 by the City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen.

With the possible events suitable for Armstrong and Spallumcheen, it is estimated that the 55+ B.C. Games will bring in 600-800 athletes with their friends and families to these two communities. Cycling, equestrian, golf, and ice hockey events would represent approximately 20 per cent of all the athletes participating in the Games.

“The economic impact of the Games is expected to be in the range of $2.1 million. With the influx of visitors to the region, it is an exceptional opportunity to showcase the activities and wonders of our communities,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.

“The local businesses in Armstrong will receive great exposure, as will the tourist attractions Spallumcheen offers. This joint initiative supports the residents of Spallumcheen who own and operate businesses in Armstrong,” added Spallumcheen Mayor Janice Brown.

Municipal support is critical to the success of the 55+ B.C. Games. The City of Vernon will include a partnership letter in their application package that will be signed by the Mayors.

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