Golden's Tennis Courts are getting an upgrade! Print Article Font Size

May 5, 2016


Next application deadline: July 11

(Columbia Basin) – Whether you enjoy lawn bowling or golf, take to the backcountry on foot, skis or bike, or prefer to hit a tennis ball or pickle ball, dozens of expansions, improvements and new developments to the spaces that keep you moving are on their way. Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust’s Recreation Infrastructure Grants, 42 projects around the region are getting over $3.5 million in support.

The Trust announced the $9-million, three-year program in January 2016. It provides financial support to help communities and groups build new recreation infrastructure or upgrade existing recreation infrastructure.

"We’re pleased to provide grants to such a wide range of projects that will help people stay fit and enjoy where we live," said Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. "Supporting residents to lead active, healthy lifestyles is one of our strategic priorities, and developing the amenities that help them do so is an important step."

One of the recipients is the Town of Golden. It will be upgrading three tennis court playing surfaces to improve safety and encourage continued use of the facility by residents and visitors.

"The project includes filling cracks and relevelling the surface to reduce or eliminate surface water ponding, plus applying an enhanced non-slip surface with vibrant new colour," said Mayor Ron Oszust. "Our goal is to make the tennis courts safer and more enjoyable, extending their life while enticing people to use them more often."

Other successful Golden and Invermere area projects include:

- Mt7 Community Bike Trail Development - Develop new and upgrade existing mountain bike trails, beginning in town and extending to the shoulder of Mount 7, ideal for beginner bikers and families.

- Wilmer Soccer Field Enhancement - Install permanent outdoor soccer goals for the Wilmer soccer field.

The granting program’s next intake is now open. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 11, 2016. Learn more and download the guidelines at

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.