News release

Province Invests in Community Recreation Infrastructure

NOTE: A list of projects receiving funding follows this release.

The Province is investing nearly $14.5 million to help community groups, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations develop and improve recreation infrastructure so Nova Scotians can stay healthy and active.

The Barrington Recreation Centre in Shelburne County is receiving $6 million to replace the existing facility with a new centre connected to the arena that will include an indoor track and spaces for community use.

“Recreational facilities play a significant role in strengthening our communities and bringing people together to be active,” said Nolan Young, MLA for Shelburne, on behalf of Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “Investing in the Barrington Recreation Centre will provide the community with upgraded infrastructure for recreational programming for many more years.”

A state-of-the-art track facility to be built at École secondaire de Par-en-Bas in Tusket, Yarmouth County, will receive $2 million and will host school track and field events, as well as community events, drawing people from along the South Shore.


We are extremely excited for this provincial funding to assist us in replacing our recreation building. This facility is at the heart of our recreation complex and is an important piece of infrastructure for our community. Council and staff, with much consultation and input from the community, have produced a design that is more accessible, inclusive and energy efficient – ensuring all our residents will be able to continue to enjoy health and social benefits for years to come. Eddie Nickerson, Warden, Municipality of Barrington

The municipality strongly supports the wellness and active living of our residents. This track and field upgrade will allow for more organizations to access barrier-free, a state-of-the-art facility. We couldn’t be more excited for our community. Danny Muise, Warden, Municipality of Argyle

Quick Facts:

  • the total amount of funding for 19 projects is $14,478,000

Additional Resources:

Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage grants and programs:

Barrington Recreation Centre:


Projects receiving funding:

  • Annapolis Valley Ridge Runners: $75,000 for trail grooming equipment
  • Arichat Community Development Association: $100,000 for an accessible playground
  • Atlantic Division of Canoe Kayak Canada: $125,000 for upgrades to the Banook Canoe Club training centre
  • Cheema Aquatic Club, Waverley: $258,000 for new accessible docks
  • Digby Area Recreation Commission: $300,000 to install splashpad
  • Dynamite Trail Association, Mahone Bay: $1 million for bridge rehabilitation
  • Fundy Trail Snowmobile Club, Colchester County: $150,000 for trail grooming equipment
  • Inverness Playground and Recreation Association: $200,000 for facility enhancements at Inverness Raceway
  • LWF Hardball Association and Minor Football Association: $256,000 for construction of baseball and football fields in Fall River
  • Marion Bridge TLC Association: $154,000 for upgrades to outdoor courts and ballfield drainage
  • Municipality of Argyle: $2 million for upgrades to track and field facility
  • Municipality of Barrington: $6 million for a new recreation centre
  • Nova Scotia Trails Federation: $400,000 for trail repairs from Hurricane Fiona damage
  • River John Pickleball Club and River John Legion Branch 108: $60,000 for new outdoor pickleball courts
  • Seashore District Fire Department: $150,000 for renovations to Port Bickerton ballfield
  • Soccer Nova Scotia: $600,000 to replace indoor turf at Mainland Common facility
  • Stellarton Memorial Community Centre: $2 million for repurposing the arena to multi-purpose courts
  • Village of Chester: $150,000 for repairs to outdoor pool
  • Village of Greenwood: $500,000 for installing lighting on sports field