The money to fix the damaged recreation centre is coming from local gaming establishments — and the project is just one of many that are funded by gaming revenues.
Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said gaming revenues go a long way toward making the city a better place to live.
“The gaming revenues we receive, we definitely use those for projects that are nice-to-dos that we wouldn’t necessarily have the funding for — things like water parks, park amenities,” he said, pointing to the roof repair at Westsyde Pool as a project currently being funded by gaming revenue.
“We can do some fairly significant projects.”
While the city is still basing its budget on Lake City numbers, Milobar said it stands to reason that the gaming revenues the city receives will increase with the new Cascades Casino and an expanded Chances in North Kamloops.
“It’s just simple logic,” he said.
Headquartered in Kamloops, BCLC has been giving back to communities across British Columbia for 30 years.
In Kamloops, gaming revenue has funded road upgrades, Music in the Park, public art, playground construction and improvements to the Rivers Trail — creating a better quality of life for residents and creating jobs.
The gaming revenue received by the City of Kamloops will likely grow substantially in the near future thanks to the recent opening of the $40-million Cascades Casino on Versatile Drive — a big upgrade, both in size and in amenities — from Lake City Casino.
Chances in North Kamloops is also undergoing a big overhaul, and renovations there are expected to increase revenue.
Other cities with large gaming facilities like Kamloops’ Cascades Casino have been able to undertake mammoth projects thanks to gaming revenue.
In Coquitlam, home of the Hard Rock Casino, gaming revenue generated by that facility recently helped build the new state-of-the-art Burke Mountain Firehall.
“Coquitlam is host city to Hard Rock Casino, and that host agreement brings with it a good funding source for the kinds of needs that a growing community like ours has.”
The province founded BCLC 30 years ago with the purpose of giving back to British Columbian communities and helping them grow. Today, 89 cents of every dollar played goes back into B.C.
BCLC is saying thanks to players with a series of videos called Instant Thank Yous. To view the videos, go online here.
To find out more about how gaming revenue helps B.C. communities, go online to playitforward.bclc.com.