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Langley's McLeod Park getting upgrade

Township Mayor Jack Froese was at McLeod Park on Nov. 17 for an announcement of $250,000 in funding from the federal government to upgrade the athletic park. -
Township Mayor Jack Froese was at McLeod Park on Nov. 17 for an announcement of $250,000 in funding from the federal government to upgrade the athletic park.
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McLeod Athletic Park is getting an upgrade thanks to some funding from the federal government.

Funding of $250,000 will go towards installing a new synthetic turf field, leveling one of the park's existing fields and upgrading the drainage.

The money comes from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

"This investment will help create jobs and growth and will support the prosperity of Langley," said Langley MP Mark Warawa.

"McLeod Park is an incredible facility for the people of Langley and enables us, as a community, to host more sporting events, and promote the sports tourism industry in Langley for years to come."

Warawa was in Langley on Nov. 17 for the announcement, which was held at McLeod Park.

The money will also help create jobs and economic growth in the community.

"McLeod Athletic Park is one of the exceptional athletic facilities that have helped Langley Township gain a reputation for being an outstanding sport tourism destination," said Township Mayor Jack Froese.

"We truly appreciate this Community Infrastructure Improvement support, which will further enhance this park for use by community groups and in hosting high-calibre sporting events."

McLeod Park is hosting the Special Olympics BC Summer Games in July and then the Canadian youth Legion track and field championships in August of both 2013 and 2014.

CIIF supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public. Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is delivering the Fund in Western Canada with an allocation of $46.2 million over two years.

Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. All projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2014.

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