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MP worked behind the scenes to get artificial turf for lawn bowlers

Editor:

Apart from golfing in the nine-hole putting course, lawn bowling is the only outdoor physical recreation activity for the elderly in Richmond although the sport is meant for all ages.

The bowling green, built 40-plus years ago, always had the problem of seeds failing to germinate during the closure period from October to April, cutting the five months’ bowling period down to only four.  Because of the blockage of the drainage system, flooding was not uncommon whenever there was heavy rain, and thus further reduce the bowling days in a year.  The solution was to construct new greens.

The Richmond Lawn Bowling Club proposed to build two artificial greens because it will cut down the annual maintenance cost, allow the elderly to bowl more easily on the artificial turf, and it is the trend to adopt artificial turf (like the soccer fields). The cost of constructing 2 artificial greens was $600,000.  The club raised $50,000 and requested funding of $350,000 from the City of Richmond, and the remaining from the federal government’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program.

City council approved the funding, but the federal government declined. The club wrote Richmond MP  Alice Wong for assistance.  In early 2010, the federal government approved $260,000 for the construction of two artificial greens.

We later found out that Alice Wong, without notifying the executive committee of  Richmond Lawn Bowling Club, quietly went over to the club and chatted with members to find out the need of the new greens. It is because of her effort that the club was able to be granted sufficient funds for the construction of the new turf.

Apart from thanking the Richmond city council for its generous support, Alice Wong was the one who worked behind the scenes and turned over a new leaf. She is the one who works for the interest of the residents in Richmond. As the Conservative candidate for Richmond, she deserves to be re-elected!

Ivan Wong

Richmond

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