Local Sports Groups Get Money From Council

Brendan Ritchie - Wallaceburg Lakers Hockey

The Wallaceburg Lakers were one of several local sports organizations to receive municipal funding at Monday’s council meeting – Photo by Kelsey Vermeersch/ CKSN.ca

Several local sports groups have received funding from Chatham-Kent Council as part of the 2015 Chatham-Kent Community Partnership Fund.

In total, council handed out close to $175,000 in funds for local projects, more than $47,000 of which went toward sports related projects.

From Ward 2, the Blenheim-Kent Golden Eagles Gymnastics Club received $10,000.00 for pit module equipment for the organization’s new building. The pit upgrade is expected to cost the club $23,974.08 in total.

In Ward 4, the Dresden Community Development Association received $10,000 toward the Lambton-Kent Community Development Association’s sports field improvement project, a project that has received Municipal funding in the past, and will cost a total of $491,400.00, adding baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a track behind Lambton-Kent Composite School.

Ward 5 projects approved included a $10,000 grant to the Wallaceburg Lakers. The money is likely headed toward Wallaceburg’s outstanding ice rental debts.

In Chatham, Ward 6, multiple projects received grants, including Chatham Sports Hall of Fame for their showcasing our legacy project, who received $3,560.00 toward their $7,119.00 project. Chatham Minor Baseball Association were granted $10,000 to cover half of the costs to make needed safety upgrades to Fergie Jenkins Field in Chatham.

Finally in Wheatley, the Wheatley Minor Soccer Association were granted $3,500.00 for field upgrades.

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    Why doesn t Chatham build an outdoor rink ? We could use McKeogh park. It would make for affordable ice time. It could be used for tennis , basketball , or road hockey during warmer months. It makes more sense than a railway to nowhere.