Aug. 22, 2008
APOHAQUI (CNB) - The official opening of the Apohaqui Recreation Centre was attended today by local residents as well as by representatives of the provincial and federal governments and the Apohaqui-Lower Millstream Recreation Council Inc.
"As a proud partner in this project, the Province of New Brunswick welcomes the opening of the Apohaqui Recreation Centre," said Saint John East MLA Roly MacIntyre. "Our government's investment in this community project will help us work toward our goal of self-sufficiency."
MacIntyre was attending on behalf of Environment Minister Roland Haché and Finance Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Our government is proud to have helped make this much-anticipated recreation centre a reality," said Veterans Affairs Minister Greg Thompson. "Our investment of nearly $110,000 reflects our commitment to helping communities grow stronger. As a year-round venue for social, cultural and recreational activities, this centre will add to the quality of life for residents of Apohaqui and nearby communities."
Thompson was attending on behalf of Peter MacKay, minister of national defence and minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
Donald Brown, president of the Apohaqui-Lower Millstream Recreation Council, said he and the council's directors welcomed the co-operation from the federal and provincial governments in providing the necessary funding to build the centre.
"The centre has already been used for several large events as well as various recreation activities throughout the summer," said Brown. "This facility will continue to serve as the heart of the community for many years to come."
The project, supported by the federal/provincial Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, involved the removal of the old facility and the construction of a new building at 16 Jones Memorial Park Rd. that is wheelchair accessible and energy efficient. It is expected to serve more than 1,000 people each year, strengthening the community and the services offered to residents in the area.
The Government of Canada, through ACOA; the Province of New Brunswick; and the Apohaqui-Lower Millstream Recreation Council each contributed one-third of the funding, or $109,136, towards the project. The Province of New Brunswick, through the Regional Development Corporation, contributed an extra $61,728, bringing the provincial government's total contribution to $170,864.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Sharon Stanford-Rutter, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-451-2677.