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Legacy for Langley

Legacy for Langley

2010 BC Summer Games

Author: BC Games Society/Monday, July 25, 2011/Categories: 2011 News

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Press Release - Township of Langley
Athletics and Arts Benefit from Summer Games Legacy

Memories of the highly successful Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games will live on in the community thanks to three financial legacies that will enhance sports and arts opportunities for years to come.
 
Members of the BC Summer Games Legacy Committee appeared before Township Council on July 25 – the one-year anniversary of the Games – to announce that profits from event will be distributed between three organizations and projects. The Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games Legacy Committee was made up of Mayor Rick Green, Summer Games President Michael Jackstien, Vice-President Jamey Paterson, and Administrator Gordon Zacher, who were asked to distribute the surplus Games funds to benefit the community and serve as a lasting reminder of the event.
 
“From the beginning, it was a goal of the 2010 BC Summer Games’ Board of Directors to stage an event that was financially successful,” said Jackstien. “Thanks to community and business support and the dedication of many volunteers, the Township hosted one of the most successful Games ever.”
 
“Now, one year later, we are seeing the substantial effort that went into this four-day event turned into a legacy that will benefit the community for years to come,” Jackstien said. “It is our privilege to conduct this final piece of Games business.”
 
The Committee announced that KidsSport Langley will receive a $10,000 grant, Langley Arts Council will get $20,000, and $52,871 will be put towards construction of a new Willoughby Community Park (South) Field House.
 
In July of 2010, thousands of athletes, officials, and visitors converged in the Township for the Games. The massive event was a huge success thanks to the efforts of volunteers and organizations and the financial and in-kind contributions made by local businesses. The Games came in under budget, and the net income is being shared throughout the community.
 
KidsSport Langley, which was launched in the fall of 2010, breaks down barriers that prevent children from participating in sports by providing grants to local children between the ages of 6 and 18, allowing them to play in a sport season of their choice. The Summer Games legacy will help 50 children access sports opportunities by providing each of them with a $200 grant. 
 
The Langley Arts Council will leverage its $20,000 portion of the Legacy contribution into further funds through a unique art project that will extend throughout the entire community. “Horsing Around Langley” will see artists design and paint life-sized fibreglass horse statues that will be put on display throughout Langley. Smaller colt statues will be assigned to young artists in schools and youth groups.
 
“Horsing Around Langley,” which was designed to enhance the community’s agricultural heritage, is expected to raise a significant amount of money when the statues are auctioned off, and the funds generated will be used to further arts and culture opportunities in Langley. More information will be forthcoming from the Langley Arts Council regarding this project.
 
Another project benefitting from the BC Summer Games Legacy is the proposed field house that has been approved for Willoughby Community Park. The building will be constructed in partnership with Langley United Youth Soccer Association and other community partners. The facility will feature a concession, change rooms, washrooms, storage, and office space. The legacy funds will be put towards construction of the 2010 BC Summer Games Legacy Room, which will provide community meeting space for years to come.
 
“It is truly appropriate that profits from the Games will help develop this facility in Willoughby Community Park, as it served as a hub for several of the Summer Games sports activities,” said Township of Langley Director of Recreation, Culture, and Parks David Leavers. Sand volleyball, field lacrosse, field hockey, mountain biking, and rugby competitions were all played in the park, which is adjacent to the new Langley Events Centre.
KidSport™ Langley was launched in the fall of 2010 and provides grants for local children ages 6 to 18 to participate in a sport season of their choice.
 
The Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games also made numerous donations that were given to organizations throughout the community at the conclusion of the event.
 More than $11,500 worth of kitchen smallwares were purchased for use during the Games, then donated to Campbell Valley House, Christian Life Assembly, Friends of Langley Vineyard, Gateway of Hope, Langley Community Services, Langley Senior’s Resource Centre, Southgate Church, Wagner Hills Farm, and Ishtar Transition Housing Society. 
 
A new industrial dishwasher that was purchased for $7,970 for the Games remained at Langley Secondary School, and close to $20,770 worth of sports equipment was given to local sport organizations.
More than 32,000 meals were prepared during the massive event, and to ensure no leftovers went to waste, unconsumed food was donated daily to both the Gateway of Hope and the Langley Food Bank, an estimated value of $20,000. 
 
For further information, contact:
David Leavers, Director
Recreation, Culture, and Parks
604.533.6158
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