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Government of Canada Celebrates Chris Zuehlke Memorial Park

August 06, 2011
North Vancouver, British Columbia

Today, dignitaries representing the Government of Canada and the City of North Vancouver officially opened the upgraded Chris Zuehlke Memorial Park. This grand opening celebration coincides with the first day of the 2011 Canadian Little League Championship.

Chris Zuehlke Memorial Park’s baseball field has been selected to serve as the host site for this major tournament that will feature teams from across the country playing for the opportunity to represent Canada at the Little League World Series.

The Government of Canada is proud to celebrate the completion of another successful project supported by Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” said Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada and Western Economic Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “The modern, upgraded park will not only encourage local youth to maintain healthy and active lifestyles, but will help the City of North Vancouver to host the 2011 Canadian Little League Championships.

Funding of $200,000 was provided through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The City of North Vancouver and both the North Vancouver Central and District 5 Little Leagues also contributed funds to the project.

The upgraded sport field is centrally located on Jones Avenue and will allow the City to host major tournaments, such as the Little League Championship, as well as strengthen the local economy and reduce travel by teams to out-of-town facilities.

This impressive new facility not only provides a spectacular venue for this year’s Canadian Little League Championship, but will also be the home of North Van Central Little League, and an important community amenity in the City of North Vancouver for decades to come,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto. “In the true spirit of partnership, many organizations came together to fund these notable improvements, and financial support from the federal government’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada program has been instrumental in the success of this initiative.

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program is investing $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. Visit the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in the West, or Canada's Economic Action Plan for more information.

For additional information, contact:

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

Connie Rabold
Communications Manager
City of North Vancouver
crabold@cnv.org 
Telephone: (604) 983-7383

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