April 10, 2010
BAIE SAINTE-ANNE (CNB) - Residents of Baie Sainte-Anne and surrounding areas will soon enjoy an improved arena thanks to a combined contribution of $868,000 from the federal and provincial governments. Premier Shawn Graham and Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon made the announcement today.
"The Aréna Adé Thériault plays a vital role in the life of the community," Graham said. "This Baie Sainte-Anne project will allow residents to continue to be active and thrive as we work together to achieve a healthier and more self-sufficient New Brunswick."
The federal government is contributing $368,000 through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada program (RInC), an economic stimulus initiative under the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The province of New Brunswick is investing $500,000, and Aréna Adé Thériault Inc. is providing $232,000 toward the project.
"Our government recognizes the importance of good, local recreational infrastructure to Canadians everywhere," O'Neill-Gordon said. "That's why under the federal Economic Action Plan we are helping communities across the country to renew these valuable community assets and, in the process, stimulate additional local economic activity to the lasting benefit of local residents like the residents of Baie Ste-Anne."
O'Neill-Gordon spoke on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of national revenue, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
Upgrades to the arena will include structural modifications to strengthen the roof; the construction of a storage shed for ice making equipment; the replacement of the refrigeration system, rink boards, safety glass and lighting. The renovations involve the installation of new washroom facilities, a heated area for spectators, and a new clock/scoreboard for the arena.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Department of Finance / Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-471-5554; Ted Parisé, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - New Brunswick, 506-452-3917; Colin Thériault, president, Aréna Adé Thériault Inc., 506-228-4414.