News release

Central Region Receives Recreation Funding

NOTE: A list of investments awarded in the Central region follows this release.

The province is awarding $772,000 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Central Region.

Twenty-two grants were announced today, June 27, under the Recreation Facility Development Program.

"Government believes in supporting organizations and recreations facilities because they help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives," said MLA Mat Whynott, on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. "We are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit."

Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation.

The grants were announced at the Upper Sackville Recreation Facility, near Weir Field, which received $100,000 for turf resurfacing.

"Recreational facilities provide support to many community-based soccer programs and organizations in our rural community," said Ward Dicks, president of Springfield Lake Recreation Association. "We extend a sincere thank you to the province and the Department of Health and Wellness for recognizing the value of our contribution to the community, and for enabling us to keep the soccer programs housed in this facility going for many years to come."

The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Twenty-two grants under the Recreation Facility Development Program, totaling 772-thousand dollars, will give recreation facilities in the Central region a boost.

M-L-A Mat Whynott, on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness made the announcement today (June 27th).

Mr. Whynott says government believes in supporting organizations and recreations facilities because they help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives.

The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.

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Investments in the Central Region are:

  • Surf Association of Nova Scotia: coastal access park development, $50,000
  • Petpeswick Yacht Club: structural repairs to clubhouse, $25,000
  • Springfield Lake Recreation: turf replacement at Upper Sackville recreation facility, $100,000 over two years
  • MacDonald Lake Residents Association: build community park and playground, $22,000
  • Soccer Nova Scotia: turf replacement, $25,000
  • Atlantic View Trail Association: complete trail upgrades, 25,000
  • Beachville-Lakeside-Timberlea Parent/Teacher Coalition: installation of community playground, $25,000
  • Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association: phase of the Bissett Lake project connector, $50,000
  • Hammonds Plains Consolidated School: installation of all inclusive playgound, $25,000
  • Lost Creek Community Association: construction of new park in Lost Creek, $50,000
  • Chebucto Track and Field Club: re-surfacing of the metropolitan track, $100,000 over two years
  • Athletics Nova Scotia: Beazly Field track re-surfacing, $100,000 over two years
  • Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association: Salt Marsh Trail reconstruction, $10,000
  • McIntosh Run Watershed Association: completion of McIntosh Run Community Trail, $5,000
  • Elizabeth Sutherland School: boundless playground replacement, $25,000
  • Ross Road Elementary and Junior High School: accessible playground replacement, $15,000
  • Preston Area Trail Association: build trail in North Preston, $30,000
  • Lawrencetown to Cole Harbour Trail Association: build trail from Cole Harbour to Lawrencetown, $25,000
  • Second Lake Regional Park Association: trail development and access to Second Lake Park, $20,000
  • Kingwood Rate Payers Association: Kingswood playground development, $10,000
  • William King Elementary School: construction of accessible community playground, $15,000
  • Friends of McNabs Island Society: phase three - rebuilding secondary trails, $20,000