News release

East Hants Sportsplex Grand Opening

The newly renovated and expanded East Hants Sportsplex will give residents access to high-quality sports and recreation opportunities to help them stay fit and healthy while having fun.

John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, joined MP Scott Armstrong, on behalf of Transport Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dennis Lebel and Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Altantic Canada Opportunities Agency today, April 14, for the grand opening of the $15.9-million facility.

"Investing in community facilities that promote good health encourages Nova Scotians to lead healthier, more active lifestyles," said Mr. MacDonell. "Our community is rapidly growing; young families are putting down roots, and this facility ensures they have access to resources to help them get fit, stay healthy and have fun."

A year-round facility, the East Hants Sportsplex will serve as a central hub for important community activities.

"This project created local jobs, supported our economy and will contribute to the health and well-being of the families and residents of Lantz for many years to come," said Mr. Armstrong. "Our Government is proud to have invested in the renewal of this important facility, which will provide countless opportunities for local residents to get active."

The project involved the renovation and expansion of the Sportsplex from 42,370 square feet to more than 166,000. The facility now has a second ice surface, indoor soccer field house with a walking and running track, two multi-purpose rooms with a reception area and dressing rooms. Renovations included upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, a new elevator and repaving the parking lot.

John Patterson, Warden for the Municipality of East Hants, said he has learned to never underestimate the power of volunteers as it took many years of hard work and dedication, and he congratulated the board for its hard work.

"The expansion of the East Hants Sportsplex is a significant step forward in a time when there is increasing emphasis on exercise and activity," said Mr. Patterson. "The Sportsplex is one of only a few such facilities in Nova Scotia that is self-supporting in its operating costs. Unfortunately, one of the hardest workers has not lived to see the conclusion of his hard work, but we thank you, Keith Miller."
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The province, through the departments of Health and Wellness, and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations committed $5.3-million and $1-million, respectively. The government of Canada is providing $2-million from the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund, and $1-million from the Innovative Communities Fund led by ACOA. The Municipality of East Hants and the East Hants Arena Association shared the remaining project costs.

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The newly renovated and expanded East Hants Sportsplex will give residents access to high-quality sports and recreation opportunities to help them stay fit and healthy while having fun.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell joined MP Scott Armstrong, on behalf of Transport Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dennis Lebel, today (April 14th) for the grand opening of the 16-point-nine-million- dollar, multi-use East Hants Sportsplex.

Mr. MacDonell says investing in community facilities that promote good health encourages Nova Scotians to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

The East Hants Sportsplex is a year-round facility, that includes a new 200-seat ice surface, indoor soccer field, fitness centre, and common and meeting rooms.

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Susan Mader-Zinck
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-499-1343 E-mail:
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Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities 613-991-0700