North Peace SuperPark included in recreation assessment

It was all Hollywood and red carpet at the Lido Theatre Saturday evening for the annual North Peace SuperPark fundraiser, but the festive atmosphere was appropriate for another reason: the SuperPark has been included in the North Peace Sub-regional Recreation Facility Inventory and Assessment.

After the assessment is complete, regions will look at what is needed and what is not before determining if the SuperPark will be added to the Master Recreation Plan.

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“We have been accepted, approved, it is happening,” said an excited North Peace SuperPark President Jaandi Roemer. “We’ve been basically put in as an addition to a multiplex facility which would be a multi-purpose recreational facility for our whole community.

"We’re pretty excited because it’s been two years of hard work and trying to get the community on board and make it known that this is a need for our community, and now that has been validated. So tonight is a fundraiser, but for my board and me it’s a huge celebration.”

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The celebration was a Hollywood-themed masquerade ball, which packed a sold-out Lido full of costumed supporters.

Roemer originally came up with the concept for an indoor park after visiting the Dawson Creek Rotary Park in 2012.

Although they don’t have a timeline yet, Roemer said the group is going to take it slow to make sure they get it right. “We want to make sure that in 10 years from now it’s not going to fall apart because we didn’t do it right,” she said.

The next obstacle is to negotiate a new Fair Share agreement with the province. Funds from Fair Share are directed to local governments to help compensate for the burden that oil and gas-related development has on communities in Northeastern B.C.

“My board and I have agreed to work with the mayor and regional district Director Brad Sperling and anybody else that’s fighting for that cause, to keep our Fair Share dollars up here,” said Roemer. “Because that is what helps our community have everything that we need. That’s the next battle.”  

peacereporter@ahnfsj.ca

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