Move over Tokyo, because the 2020 Summer Games are coming to Maple Ridge! Well, not those Summer Games, but rather the 2020 B.C. Summer Games. Along with three other nearby localities, Maple Ridge will play host to the British Columbia Summer Games competition, which are held once every two years.
Specifically, Maple Ridge will host soccer and aquatic events in newly renovated facilities, including the just-christened LeBlanc artificial turf soccer field. The announcement for naming the field in honour of Olympic bronze medalist, Pan Am gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Canada team member and one-time Maple Ridge secondary school student Karina LeBlanc was made at the same time as the announcement that Maple Ridge would host the summer games.
Those who own Maple Ridge real estate will be fortunate enough to practically have a front row seat to the first summer games the city has hosted in nearly 20 years.
Maple Ridge Proud to Host Events for 2020 B.C. Summer Games
The B.C. Summer Games have been held nearly every even-numbered year since 1978. A BC Summer and Winter Games Society was formed in 1977 for the purpose of organizing and promoting the annual games.
Former B.C. Premier W. R. Bennett established the games as part of an effort “to bring all parts of BC together, large and small communities, in the spirit of sport and friendship.” Since that time, the games have advanced the level of talent while serving as a development pool for aspirational pro athletes to exercise their ambitions towards other professional competitions, such as the Olympics and MLS soccer leagues.
2020 will mark the third time that Maple Ridge has hosted Summer Games events. The first time was in 1983 and the second in 1998. Maple Ridge will share hosting privileges in 2020 with Kamloops, Cowichan, and Fort St. John.
In anticipation of the 2020 events, Maple Ridge will perform major renovations to the two pools at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre. The renovation project will begin this September and take about 13 months, with an estimated 2019 completion date. An additional pool is also planned as part of the city’s recreational infrastructure improvement program, but timetables for its completion do not anticipate it being open and available in time for the 2020 games.
“We have challenges like any community, but we’re definitely ready to host the Games,” said Councillor Kiersten Duncan to the Williams Lake Tribune. “If we get one (a new pool) up and running in time, awesome, we’ll definitely have something.”
Mayor Nicole Read declared that the city is incredibly proud to share its hosting role for the Summer Games once more. “A number of young men and women from Maple Ridge have used the B.C. Summer Games as a stepping stone in their journey from our local sports facilities onto the international stage,” she expressed during the announcement. “Our local volunteers, our best community ambassadors, will ensure that the athletes who compete in Maple Ridge return home with fond memories of their time at the 2020 BC Summer Games.”
Maple Ridge Real Estate Offers an Incredible Opportunity for Investors and Sports Fans
During the announcement, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing presented an estimate that the economic impact of the city hosting the games will be about $2 million. Property and business owners may be able to expect a significant nudge in economic activity in the months leading up to the games and during the games themselves. The games regularly draw thousands of spectators in addition to many countless athletes, coaches, press, volunteers and their families.
If you are interested in buying or selling a Maple Ridge property listing in the lead-up to the 2020, then do not hesitate to contact me to learn more about the market and potentially get started today.