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CONTRIBUTION · 12th October 2010
Madeleine Robinson
UPDATE This is of critical import for the efforts of a small group of Kitimat residents, they need our help. Please read and consider taking a few moments of your time to help, simply by voting online. They only have a few days left to encourage your vote to get access to funds.

Here is the quick and dirty;
All we need is your vote! You can vote Once a day per person and there is not much time. Round 1 voting ends on October 15, 2010. So don't waste any time vote now!

Here is the link
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf5804

Please urge anyone you know to vote, your co-workers, your friends and your family. It is all on-line and it is easy! Do it for the kids!


The reasons why and the details

At the last City Council Meeting Madeleine Robinson brought to our attention a very worthwhile and needy cause for the Kitimat community.

HELP BRING OUR COURTS TO LIFE!
Mt. Elizabeth high school's tennis courts are in desperate need of repair. The courts have not been used by the students or community in over 12 years due to safety concerns. This used to be an active centre for the school, clubs and the community. At this time, the courts remain locked up as they have drastically deteriorated. There are large cracks in the pavement with grass and shrubs growing through the cracks, glass and garbage and debris fill the courts. The fence is falling apart and the shed door and windows are boarded up. We recently organized a parent volunteer group to clean up the courts for now but they still cannot be used in this unsafe state. This space has potential and its a shame and a great loss to our student population and community to loose what we once had.

Our highschool Parent Advisory Council is hoping to access the Aviva Community Funding to revive these courts and turn them into a NEW multi-purpose outdoor recreation facility, similar to the picture I have posted. This court renovation would include 2 tennis courts, a basketball court and a road hockey court. This facility would give students as well as the entire community, choices and opportunities to experience easily accessible outdoor recreation as a class, group or individual activity. This project would boost the morale of students and staff and instil pride in our community.

We foresee this project providing a healthy active lifestyle and safe meeting place for all ages. Physical activity is the core to a person's physical and mental well being. We are confident this project will meet the physical education learning outcomes of all students and allow the entire community to participate in a variety of activities. Outdoor recreation also keeps our youth involved in a positive environment.

The estimate budget is as follows:

$89, 137.00 - Surface finish, paving/ $30, 206.00 - Fencing, with slats for wind control / $5, 200.00 - 2 Tennis Nets & posts, 2 Floor hockey Nets, 2 basketball systems with nets, 2 aluminum benches/$5, 000.00 - No Post Fencing (2 sections)/$10, 000.00 - Perimetre drainage and manhole drain/$14, 000.00 - Shed repair/$10, 000.00 - Labour.

Total Budget - $163, 543.00 + Tax - (estimate)

We hope you can help us to bring these courts to life for our School and Community at large.

All we need is your vote! You can vote Once a day per person and there is not much time. Round 1 voting ends on October 15, 2010. So don't waste any time vote now!

Here is the link
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf5804

Please urge anyone you know to vote, your co-workers, your friends and your family. It is all on-line and it is easy! Do it for the kids!

Thank you for your vote!

Editor's Note: Once at the Aviva page, they will require registration. Please be patient. The Kitimat idea (story) is on the number 17 at the bottom of the page. (If you get lost, like we did). Good news is once you are registered you can bookmark and vote every day.