BC Summer Games
The 2008 games in Kelowna generated an estimated $2.6 million in economic benefit. Mark Taylor, general manager of Parks Recreation and Culture, said the economic spinoff could be even higher for Abbotsford. “We’re hoping that because Abbotsford is so successful at hosting games, and we’re in the greater Vancouver area, we will exceed $3 million in economic impact.”
The BC Games Society provides event management services and $600,000 in funds from the province.
“There are three key messages: it helps us promote physical activity in the community, it really grows community spirit and it builds our volunteer base,” said Taylor. He added that they will need about 4,000 volunteers to run the games.
The BC Summer Games feature more than 3,900 athletes, coaches and officials participating in approximately 20 sports. The event runs from July 21st to July 24th, 2016.