September 12, 2011

Tournament Capital Ranch Officially Opens

Kamloops, B.C. - Yesterday officials and the public gathered together to celebrate the official unveiling of the Tournament Capital Ranch, home of the Slo-Pitch Park and Rugby complex.

Official opening for Tournament Capital Ranch

Total construction costs for the last of the Tournament Capital projects amount to $9.8 million, with the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments each contributing one-third. The Government of Canada and British Columbia contributed funds through the Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund - Communities Component.

"Our Government is proud to be investing in infrastructure projects that promote healthy, safe and liveable communities," said Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. "This new Slo-Pitch Park is a great addition to our Tournament Capital of Canada designation. I look forward to seeing our residents and visitors engaged in an active and healthy lifestyle by taking full advantage of the park for recreational and tournament activities."

MP Cathy McLeod, MLA Terry Lake, MLA Kevin Krueger, and Mayor Peter Milobar were in attendance to officially brand the western-themed park as the new Tournament Capital Ranch as part of the City’s Tournament Capital Program.

"This facility provided more than 60 jobs during construction. This fantastic venue for sporting events will now help Kamloops build on our well-earned reputation as Canada's Tournament Capital. Everyone who enjoyed the Western Canada Summer Games can look forward to more sporting events at Rayleigh," said Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake.

The multi-million dollar project boasts eight slo-pitch diamonds built to national tournament standards; two of which have field lighting, a washroom/change room complex, a multi-use plaza area, refreshment and picnic areas, walking paths and landscaping that aims to preserve and restore the naturalized grass areas. Future developments include completion of two rugby pitches, a concession kitchen, an agri-plex facility and an RV park. The parcel of land which is home to the proposed RV Park is owned and operated by the Tk'emlups Indian Band.

"The Tournament Capital Ranch is a major addition to the Tournament Capital Program that will continue to build on our brand and help to develop our sport tourism industry on year-round basis, while offering our residents a world-class facility right in their own backyard," said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.

Festivities took place at the Ranch from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, including live entertainment with the country western band Wiley, face-painting and a bouncy castle for the kids, walking tours, a wildlife park display and a BBQ complete with free ice cream. Twenty-eight slo-pitch teams played in the background on the pristine new fields.

The Canada-British Columbia Building Canada Fund - Communities Component is a federal-provincial program that addresses the unique infrastructure needs of both rural and urban communities with populations of less than 100,000.

Through the unprecedented Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Federal Government is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada supports a stronger, safer and better country.

Since October 2008, over $5.6 billion has been committed by the province to over 900 infrastructure projects in British Columbia, which are estimated to create more than 36,000 jobs over the life of the projects.

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Media Contact:
Jaime Burke
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
Telephone: (604) 666-1318

Jeff Melland
B.C. Liberal Government Caucus Communications
Victoria, British Columbia
Telephone: (250) 356-0389

Byron McCorkell
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director
City of Kamloops