Major Expansion and Renovations for Port Hood Arena

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

September 27, 2001 3:04 PM

The Port Hood arena is receiving a $1.3 million face lift.

The Port Hood and District Recreation Commission, the Canada/Nova
Scotia Infrastructure Program, the Nova Scotia Sport and
Recreation Commission, National Hockey League (NHL) star Al
MacInnis, and the NHL Players' Association have joined forces to
fund the renovation.

Joint federal and provincial funding from the Strategic
Initiatives element of the Infrastructure Program, in the amount
of $900,000, was announced today for the project. Rodger Cuzner,
Member of Parliament for Bras d'Or, on behalf of Robert Thibault,
Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, made the announcement
with Rodney MacDonald, Minister responsible for the Sport and
Recreation Commission, on behalf of Angus MacIsaac, Minister of
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.

"The enlarged arena will be a boon for the area, offering better
facilities for sports enthusiasts year-round and boosting the
local economy as a venue for larger tournaments, community events
and other activities," said Mr. MacDonald.

"Improved infrastructure for our communities is a priority for
the Government of Canada," said Mr. Cuzner. "Through the
Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program, we can take part in
projects in our communities which help us achieve those goals."

Other contributions to the project include $150,000 from the Nova
Scotia Sport and Recreation Commission's Facility Development
Program, $150,000 from the NHL Players' Association, $100,000
from Port Hood's Al MacInnis and $50,000 from the Port Hood and
District Recreation Commission which owns and operates the
facility. The federal and provincial Infrastructure Program
funding is subject to the formal approval of the Port Hood and
District Recreation Commission's contribution.

The expansion will extend the arena by 212 square metres at both
the north and south ends, accommodating a 1.5-metre widening and
a six-metre lengthening of the ice surface. Additions to the
facility include a hospitality room, dressing rooms, a canteen, a
kitchen catering facility, washrooms, an office, a weight room
and storage. The arena's existing compressor will be refurbished,
a new compressor will be added and the arena will be connected to
Port Hood's sewer system.

"The arena is an important community facility for this region and
it operates year-round thanks to many volunteers who support and
use it. The funding we have received from various sources is
enabling the expansion and renovations to proceed and it is
greatly appreciated by the community," said Debbie MacDonald,
chair of the Port Hood and District Arena Commission.

The arena has been enjoyed by the community for more than 25
years. During the winter it is the focal point of activity and in
the summer it serves as a community centre for events,
celebrations and fundraising activities. After renovations, the
arena will be better equipped to handle larger crowds and
community events.

The $195 million, six-year Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a member of the management
committee. The Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities is also
represented on the program's management committee.

This is one in a series of project approvals announced under the
program totalling more than $41 million to date. Additional
announcements are expected as projects complete environmental
assessments and final approvals.

The Strategic Initiatives element of the Infrastructure Program
allows the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia
to respond to infrastructure priorities in a balanced and
flexible manner. To be eligible for funding, all Strategic
Initiative projects must meet Infrastructure Program criteria.
The Strategic Initiatives element is valued at $25.7 million.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Residents of Port Hood will soon see major renovations to

their arena.

     N-H-L hockey star Al MacInnis, the N-H-L Players'

Association, along with the Port Hood and District Recreation

Commission, and the provincial and federal governments are

partners in the one-point-three million dollar project.

     Nine hundred thousand dollars in funding from the Strategic

Initiatives element of the Infrastructure Program was announced

today by Rodger Cuzner, M-P for Bras d'Or and Rodney MacDonald,

Minister of Tourism and Culture.

     This is one in a series of project approvals announced under

the Infrastructure Program totalling more than forty-one million

dollars to date.

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Contact: Deborah Bayer
         Canada/Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat
         902-424-0112
         E-mail: bayerdj@gov.ns.ca

         Jennifer Savoy
         Office of the Honourable Robert G. Thibault
         613-941-7291

         Debbie MacDonald
         Port Hood and District Recreation Commission
         902-787-5224

kjd         September 27, 2001      2:45 P.M.