Regional Development Corporation

Governments invest more than $300,000 in recreational infrastructure in Miramichi (09/07/31)

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July 31, 2009

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - Miramichi residents will soon benefit from improved recreational facilities, thanks to investments by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.

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Public Safety Minister John Foran and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon today announced investments of more than $300,000 for improvements to a running track, pool, and a number of tennis courts.

Foran said that the investment will help ensure that Miramichi continues to be a place that meets the needs of residents and appeals to immigrants.

"Everybody wants to be in a community that provides people with a great quality of life," said Foran. "With this investment, our government is taking action to promote Miramichi as a great place to be to live and earn a living. These improved facilities will support the population growth necessary to keep New Brunswick moving toward self-sufficiency by 2026."

The project consists of upgrading the 400-metre running track adjacent to James M. Hill High School with a new synthetic surface; repairing the decking at the Kinsmen outdoor pool on Beaumont Avenue; and upgrading tennis courts throughout the City of Miramichi. In addition to increasing construction activity in the area, these improvements will encourage physical activity and community spirit, and will be used by youth, families and seniors.

"Our government understands that investments in recreational infrastructure help to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities," said O'Neill-Gordon. "This project will create important economic activity through its construction phases, and it will provide long-term benefits to the people of this area, making it a more attractive place in which to live and work."

O'Neill-Gordon attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

"We are very pleased and excited to have the provincial and federal governments' support toward these much anticipated upgrades to the recreational facilities in the city," Miramichi Mayor Gerry Cormier. "We are very grateful for their commitment to this very important community project, which would not have been possible without their assistance."

The Government of Canada, through ACOA , is contributing $125,190 toward the project under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The RInC Program is providing $500 million over two years to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities, and to encourage increased participation in physical activity and community building. The Province of New Brunswick, through the Regional Development Corporation, is providing $188,000, while the City of Miramichi is contributing $66,182.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Tim Porter, executive director, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-2548; Erin Filliter, press secretary, Office of the Minister of State (ACOA), 613-941-7241; Lisa Gautreau, junior communications officer, ACOA-NB, 506-452-3118; Jeff MacTavish, director of economic development, City of Miramichi, 506-623-2062.

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