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Canada 150 funded lights up in West Kelowna sports fields

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WEST KELOWNA - The lights are up on West Kelowna sports fields as of yesterday.

The switches were turned on at a ceremony last night Apr. 21, during a West Kelowna Diamonbacks minor baseball game.

Minor baseball, football and soccer clubs have been requesting the lights to the fields for several years.

A media release says the projects were “cost prohibitive due to other infrastructure priorities in West Kelowna.”

The sports field lights were a result of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Project, funded by the Government of Canada and the City of West Kelowna.

In recognition of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Government of Canada invested in projects to improve existing parks and facilities across the nation. The City of West Kelowna was given $337,750 upon a successful application.

These lights mean the use of the fields can be extended by hours each day in the spring and fall when there are less hours of daylight.

The Lower Boucherie Ball Field is the home field of West Kelowna Minor Baseball Diamondbacks. The field is greater West Kelowna’s premier baseball, fastball, softball and slo-pitch facility. Rosewood Sports Field is a key game, practice and tournament facility for Westside Youth Soccer and a key practice facility for Westside Minor Football.

“These fields are more than just green spaces,” Navdeep Bains says, who is the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “They help bring people together in leisure and relaxation. The new lights will extend the time these fields can be used, offering all members of the community more time to play.”

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