The Argenta Community Association will improve a playground – including creating a climbable sculpture like this mock-up – with support from the Trust.



The outdoors are a great place to be active. Now there will be even more and better ways to get moving in the fresh air, with 18 projects being supported by Columbia Basin Trust. The intent is to improve community well-being by creating low barrier, outdoor recreational facilities in Basin communities. 

Projects focus on spaces like bike parks, multi-use sports courts and playgrounds. In total, they are receiving nearly $1.47 million from the Trust. Here are a few of the recipients:

A playground gets creative

A sculpture that kids can play on —made by local artists— will be just one of the features of a new-and-improved playground in Argenta. The Argenta Community Association playground committee is repairing and relocating the current playground equipment, plus adding elements like a playable sculpture and geodesic dome.

“With a local surge in the youth population, it is clear that now is the time to diversify the play experience for different ages and skill levels, and the project will provide a safe, fun, healthy way for kids to play together outside,” said Swen Birch, board member. “We are blessed to have skilled builders and sculptors who have won people’s choice awards at Castlegar Sculpturewalk multiple times. To have something the kids can be inspired by, and that makes them proud of where they are from, is priceless.”

Improving a slippery surface

In 2021, the Slocan Park Community Hall Society installed an ice rink for the winter months on the hall’s multipurpose field, which became a big hit with locals. Now it is upgrading the rink by levelling the field and buying an ice rink liner.

“The ice rink has added a place for winter physical activity for children to seniors,” said Ruth Hackett, president. “It has been a huge success, with skaters of all ages and abilities together on the ice – perfect for COVID winters – and has made the hall’s multipurpose field even more active.”

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.

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