July 6, 2009
SHIPPAGAN (CNB) - The grand opening of the regional pool in Shippagan took place on Sunday, July 5, with representatives from all three levels of government attending the event.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be an important partner in today's celebration," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "Our investment in this facility will provide services for our youth and all community groups, improve the quality of their lives, and help us on our journey toward self-sufficiency."
The project involved constructing a regional pool facility adjacent to the sport pavilion of the University of Moncton - Shippagan campus. The facility, equipped with hot-water heating, contains a 25-metre pool, including a mini-pool separated by a wall and a waterslide.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to support projects that enhance the vibrancy of our New Brunswick communities," said Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). "Our investment of more than $1 million has helped the Town of Shippagan build this much-anticipated regional pool facility, which will benefit residents of and visitors to Shippagan and northeastern New Brunswick."
In 2006, ACOA, the Province of New Brunswick and the Town of Shippagan, through the Canada-New Brunswick Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund, announced a contribution of $1.1 million each toward the more-than-$4-million project. In 2008, the province announced additional funding of $390,000, with the Town of Shippagan providing an additional $342,498.
"This new major infrastructure, favouring the health and well-being of our population, is an important element for the development of our region," said Shippagan Mayor Jonathan Roch Noël. "We are very proud to have created a first in our region through a partnership with certain local service districts and the municipality of Sainte-Marie Sainte-Raphael for their operations."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Stéphanie Bilodeau, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-452-3034; Nathalie Robichaud, Town of Shippagan, 506-336-3900.