Investing in Communities, Healthier Lifestyles

Communities, Culture and Heritage

August 11, 2017 2:16 PM

NOTE: A list of grants in the Halifax Regional Municipality follows this release.

A community garden and park at Northwood in Bedford is one of 14 projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality receiving Recreation Facility Development Program grants to help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives.

Grants totalling $593,000 were announced today, Aug. 11, by Community Services Minister Kelly Regan, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine.

“Government investments in projects like the Northwood garden and park, playgrounds, recreational facilities, and trails are an important part of helping communities remain connected and vibrant,” said Ms. Regan. “Spaces like the one being developed by Northwood are vital. Organizations should be applauded for bringing together residents of all ages and abilities in an inclusive manner.”

Northwood is building an outdoor recreation space and community garden. Designed for all ages and stages of life, the space is meant for children, families, and persons with disabilities, memory loss and other forms of dementia. It is open to the local, surrounding neighbourhood as well.

“The William E. Frank Live More Park is a unique place for local neighbours both young and old to play and relax, or join in on Northwood’s activities,” said Janet Simm, president and CEO Northwood Group of Companies. “It is a community endeavour that invites older adults, seniors living in care, and adults living with a disability to actively partake, to be with, and to join in.

“Whether gardening in a wheelchair accessible garden bed, walking the dementia-friendly pathways, or swinging on a swing designed for wheelchairs, this is a public space for everybody to enjoy together.”

Northwood is receiving a $50,000 Recreation Facility Development Program grant from the province this year and also received $55,000 from the program last year to develop the space.

“In a society where many have lost, and long for, the value and enjoyment of inter-generational connections, Northwood’s William E. Frank Live More Park is a public space that invites community and diversity,” said Peter Wilde, chair, Northwood board of governors.

Government is investing a total of $1.8 million in Recreation Facility Development Program grants this year for 60 new and upgraded facilities across the province that promote healthy living.

The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Projects include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and modernizing and creating new fields for sport and recreation.


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     A community garden and park in Bedford is one of fourteen

projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality receiving grants

to help people make physical and community activity a part of

their daily lives.

     Community Services Minister Kelly Regan, on behalf of

Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, says

investments in projects like the community garden and park,

playgrounds, recreational facilities, and trails are an

important part of helping communities remain connected and

vibrant.

     Northwood is building an all-ages community garden and park

that will have special paths, swings and other features designed

for persons with disabilities and dementia. It is receiving a

50-thousand dollar Recreation Facility Development grant from

the province this year.

     The grants help community groups, municipalities and other

not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase

public participation in sport and physical recreation.

     Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and

maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields

for sport and recreation.

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Media Contact: Lisa Jarrett
              902-717-4199
              Email: Lisa.Jarrett@novascotia.ca

Following is a list of the 14 recreational facility development grants in the Halifax Regional Municipality:
-- Centennial Arena, Halifax, dryland training/activity space, $100,000
-- Sack-A-Wa Canoe Club, Lower Sackville, club house expansion, $80,000
-- Southdale North Woodside-Dartmouth South Academy, Dartmouth, playspace development, $58,000
-- Northwood, Bedford, Live More community garden and park development, $50,000
-- Ward 5 Neighbourhood Centre, Halifax, demolish old playground and build new one, $50,000
-- Eisenhauer Park, Hammonds Plains, tennis and pickleball courts, $45,000
-- Joseph Howe School, Halifax, playground improvements, $40,000
-- Mic Mac Amateur Aquatic Club, Dartmouth, infrastructure upgrades (heat pump installation, boiler replacement), $30,000
-- Renovations to Atlantic View Elementary School playground, Lawrencetown, $30,000
-- Prospect Road Elementary School, Hatchet Lake, playground redevelopment, $30,000
-- Sackville Lakes Park and Trails Association, Lower Sackville, active transportation trail construction on White Pine Trail, $20,000
-- Shore Active Transportation Association, Gaetz Brook, recapitalization of three bridge structures Gaetz Brook Connector trail, $20,000
-- Morash Park, Dartmouth, pickleball court construction, $20,000
-- Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Halifax, marina enhancements and construction to accommodate disabled sailing and sail training programs, $20,000