FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the Regular Council Meeting on Monday, October 26th, council discussed the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program and Kin Park Phase 1 Improvements.

The program will cover 100 percent of the estimated total project cost for the park, which would result in the construction of a multi-use outdoor rink with lighting, an outdoor gathering space with site furnishings to help support socially distant gatherings as well as a food truck service space.

The cost in total should cost around $994,500; broken down, it would be $595,000 for the rink and lighting, $130,000 for the gathering space and site furnishings, $30,000 for the food truck space, $114,750 for 15 percent of the design and engineering allowance and $114,750 for 15 percent of the contingency allowance.

The Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program is a provincial program that provides grants to support economic resilience, tourism, heritage, and urban and rural economic development projects in communities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are four different streams of funding streams:

Applications for the program are limited to a maximum of $1 million.