June 25, 2009
PETIT-ROCHER (CNB) - An investment of more than $750,000 from the governments of Canada and New Brunswick has improved soccer fields in the Village of Petit-Rocher, and will help it host the 30th Acadian Games.
Premier Shawn Graham, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Keith Ashfield, and Petit-Rocher Mayor Pierre Godin celebrated the upgrade today in Petit-Rocher.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to invest in this important community infrastructure project for the community of Petit-Rocher and the region of Chaleur," said Graham. "Today's celebration clearly demonstrates what can happen when the whole community rallies together to help improve the quality of life for all members of the community, and helps us on our journey towards self-sufficiency."
"The Government of Canada recognizes the need within so many Canadian communities for better recreational facilities," said Ashfield. "The government's Recreational Infrastructure Canada Fund (RInC) was just launched on May 11, and we are already seeing the benefits of our investments in communities across Canada. The federal government's $250,000 investment under RInC to renew the Petit-Rocher soccer field will help stimulate the area's economy, expand valuable local infrastructure, and improve residents' health and quality of life."
The natural turf and drainage aggregate of the soccer field, which is located next to l'École Le Domaine-Étudiant , was replaced with materials that will extend the soccer season and reduce maintenance costs. In addition, a fence was built around the field to protect players and spectators, and a track was added. The project, valued at $1.1 million, created about 35 full-time jobs through construction.
"The Village of Petit-Rocher is happy to have contributed to this new sports facility," said Pierre Godin, mayor of Petit-Rocher. "This investment will not just help us host the 30th Acadian Games, but it will also benefit generations to come. The new synthetic turf soccer field will be enjoyed by soccer players throughout northern New Brunswick, and will help us to host teams from everywhere. I would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for their contributions to this project."
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, contributed $250,000 toward the project under (RInC). The Province of New Brunswick provided $500,000, and the Village of Petit-Rocher invested $350,000.
Canada's Economic Action Plan will provide $500 million over two years through RInC to support upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities, and to encourage increased participation in physical activity and community building.
More information on RInC project eligibility and submitting an application may be found on the ACOA website. More information on Canada's Economic Action Plan may be found online.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Stéphanie Bilodeau, communications, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3034; Marc-André Godin, Village of Petit-Rocher, 506-542-2686.