Feb. 22, 2010
GRAND FALLS (CNB) - An outdoor rink will be built in Grand Falls next to the E. & P. Sénéchal Centre thanks to investments totalling nearly $590,000 by the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and the Town of Grand Falls.
Agriculture and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette; Mike Allen, MP for Tobique-Mactaquac; and Grand Falls Deputy Mayor Rino Long made the announcement today.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a partner in this community project," said Ouellette. "This project for Grand Falls and the region will allow our people to continue to be active, and our communities to continue to thrive."
Ouellette spoke on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
"Recreational facilities are the social and athletic heartbeat of our communities," said Allen. "Through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program, a key economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan, we are proud to invest nearly $200,000 in the Grand Falls outdoor rink. This project will generate additional local economic activity, create jobs during the construction phase and contribute to the health and quality of life of residents for years to come."
Allen spoke on behalf of National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
The current rink will be replaced by a larger structure capable of serving winter and summer activities. The project includes the construction of a building adjacent to the rink that will house change rooms, washrooms and storage space.
"On behalf of the residents of Grand Falls, I express our most sincere appreciation to the federal and provincial governments for their generous contributions to this multi-season facility," said Long. "By working together, we are creating healthy and strong communities."
The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is contributing $197,378 toward the project under the RInC Program. The Province of New Brunswick is investing $189,443 while the Town of Grand Falls is providing $202,332.
The RInC Program is providing $500 million over two years to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities across Canada. ACOA delivers the RinC program in Atlantic Canada.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Gisèle Savoie, communications officer, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-3341; Rino Laforge, treasurer/deputy clerk, Town of Grand Falls, 506-475-7777.