Perfect Day for Sports Box Grand Opening

By Gary Ahuja - Langley Times - May 16, 2008

Tuesday afternoon was a perfect example of the luxury of having a covered sports facility. With a constant rain pouring down, people gathered under the roof of the sports box at McLeod Athletic Park for the official unveiling of the sporting community's newest facility.

"This allows us to fully demonstrate the value of being able to play rain or shine," said David Leavers, the director of recreation, culture and parks for the Township.

The gathered crowd, which involved all of the groups who partnered in the project, nodded in agreement. The project added a roof structure and lighting system over the existing sports box and will allow for year-round play.

"Unless you provide opportunities, you don't get outcomes," said Langley Secondary principal Dave Coutu, who talked about how the school can utilize the new sports box. "And this facility provides opportunity to our community."

Two of the sports box's major users, the Langley Minor Lacrosse Association and the Valley Ball Hockey Association, showcased their respective sports for the assembled crowd.

"No more rain delay, no more cancellations. The show can go on," said LMLA president Chris Vanden Hooven.

"We are really the talk of the lacrosse community in the Lower Mainland." He added that every sports group benefits from a facility such as this...