The Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association says the $500,000 grant was "make or break" for the facility, and was thrilled to see it approved.
Columbia Basin Trust has announced nearly $14 million in grant funding throughout the region, $500K of which will go towards KEYSA's proposed indoor sports facility.
"This CBT contribution essentially makes it as though it's going ahead now - it will be constructed in 2018 is the plan," says Facility Chair Mike Robinson.
The 2,440 m2 air-supported dome would be able to host sports like soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and rugby year-round, while also being used for seniors groups and special events.
The Regional District also earmarked $130,000 for the building in their new budget, so Robinson is thrilled to see the support from local governments and community groups.
He adds that the general public has been pushing so hard for this to become a reality that there was no way it would not be.
"A common statement from people in the community is it's been a long time coming [from] youth sports, but even the schools and seniors health programs. I think it's well overdue and I think it'll be well-used by the different groups as well."
Although the facility was initially estimated to cost around $1.7 million, Robinson says the cost has gone down slightly since late last year.
He will continue talks with the City of Cranbrook on finding a suitable piece of land for the building and hopes to break ground in September or October 2018.
Since air-supported domes do not require a lot of construction comparatively, it would only take one or two months to complete.
This was just one of 17 projects across the region that received grants from CBT. More details on the others are available here.
- David Opinko
Audio: Mike Robinson, Chair, Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association Facility Chair