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Why Spirit Park in Anmore is getting a $500K facelift

On top of getting new playground equipment, the multi-government project is also addressing some current draining and water-pooling issues.
Spirit Park, Anmore's site for community events, is about to get $500,000 in upgrades, including a new playground and repairs to its drainage system.

Anmore's Spirit Park is a great place to visit for a family stroll or for local organizations to host a community event.

However, it's also known for its drainage issues as heavy rain, and other water problems, has lead to pooling in the upper section of the park, making it unusable for up to six months.

But Ottawa has decided to step in with the hope of improving the popular outdoor site, distributing $375,000 to the Village today (May 24) from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF).

That accounts for 75 per cent of the $500,000 infrastructure project. The Village of Anmore is set to provide the remaining $125,000.

In a statement, the grant is set to fix the park's drain system, upgrade playground equipment and increase accessibility for all visitors.

"Spirit Park, like the new [Community] Hub, is a valued asset for our community and provides an ideal venue to gather as a community and for kids to play," said Anmore Mayor John McEwen.

"We appreciate the grant funding as it will help us make some critical improvements while also adding some new amenities to this beautiful park."

When finished, McEwen believes the park will be used for a multitude of year-round events like farmers markets and food truck festivals.

Construction is set to begin as part of the Village's community hub campaign.

Anmore's Spirit Park project was one of four approved Wednesday by the federal government in marking Canada's first-ever Economic Development Week.

The CCRF is a two-year, $500-million program to revitalize communities across the country in their efforts to improve accessibility in community spaces.