New Arena to be Built in Springhill

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

October 21, 2002 10:25 AM

Residents of Springhill can look forward to a new arena worth up
to $6.3 million, due to a funding partnership between the Town of
Springhill and the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program.

Joint federal-provincial funding from the Strategic Initiatives
element of the infrastructure program, in the amount of $2.5
million, was announced today, Oct. 21, by Premier John Hamm and
Robert Thibault, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on behalf of
Gerry Byrne, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency. The Town of Springhill and its partners
will fund the $3.8 million balance upon formal acceptance of the
agreement.

"An arena is the social and recreational centre of many small
towns and communities across Canada. Springhill suffered a
terrible loss when their arena was destroyed almost two years
ago," said Premier Hamm. "Rebuilding the arena was a priority for
the people of Springhill and we are pleased to help them
accomplish this important community project."

"The Springhill Arena project is a good example of how the
government of Canada is showing its commitment to improving
community infrastructure and improving our quality of life," said
Mr. Thibault. "Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure
Program, we are investing in projects designed to meet these
goals."

The Springhill Arena project provides for the design and
construction of a new arena for the Town of Springhill to replace
the old facility, which collapsed in early 2001. The new arena
will consist of an NHL-sized ice surface and seating for about
800 people. There will also be an extra 60 hours of ice time
available to the community each week.

The Town of Springhill also has plans in place for a gymnasium,
teen centre, walking track, skate park, kitchen, canteen and
stage as part of the arena project.

"This is a very important project for our community," said
William Mont, Mayor of the Town of Springhill. "Our residents
will have a great new place to pursue recreational activities,
and we are very proud of the environmental benefits, as the
project involves some very interesting technology using mine
water for geothermal heat."

This is one of a series of approval announcements for projects
under the infrastructure program. To date, 75 projects have been
announced, representing an investment of more than $116 million.
Additional announcements are expected soon as projects undergo
environmental assessment and final approval.

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 represented
on the program's management committee.

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.


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     Residents of Springhill can look forward to a new arena,

worth more than six-million dollars.

     An infrastructure project announced today (October 21st)

will see federal-provincial funding of two-and-a-half-million

dollars invested in the project. The Town of Springhill and its

partners will fund the balance.

     The new arena will consist of an N-H-L-sized ice surface and

seating for about 800 people. There will also be an extra 60

hours of ice time available to the community each week.

     Further additions, including a gymnasium, teen centre and

walking track, are also planned as part of the arena project.

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

         David Harrigan
         Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
         902-222-2911

         William Mont
         Mayor, Town of Springhill
         902-597-3751

kjd         October 21, 2002         10:25 A.M.