Regional Development Corporation

Upgrades to recreational facilities funded (10/05/18)

NB 760

May 18, 2010

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - The federal, provincial and municipal governments and a recreational committee are investing almost $290,000 to upgrade facilities in the Chatham Head neighbourhood of Miramichi.

The investment was announced today by Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran, Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill-Gordon and Miramichi Mayor Gerry Cormier.

The project involves upgrades and renovations to community recreational facilities including the installation of lights for evening play at the Waldo Henderson Memorial Ball field, a new room to the Billy Sullivan Hall for the Chatham Head Hall of Fame, renovations to the Tiger Clubhouse and fencing at the recreation centre.

"These facilities play a vital role in the life of the community, and our investment will allow residents of Miramichi and area to continue to be active and thrive as we work together to achieve a healthier and more self-sufficient New Brunswick," said Foran.

Foran 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 O'Neill-Gordon. "Through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, a key economic stimulus initiative under our government's Economic Action Plan, we are proud to invest more than $114,000 in the Chatham Head recreational facilities. This project will help to renew valuable community assets, add to the quality of life of the residents and increase local economic activity."

O'Neill-Gordon 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.

"On behalf of the residents of Miramichi, I would like to thank the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and the Chatham Head Recreation and Community Centre Inc. for their investment, which is sure to improve the quality of life for our residents," said Cormier. "This project reinforces council's commitment to the City of Miramichi's 2006 Mission Statement by investing in areas to enhance services and encourage growth to ensure an outstanding quality of life for all of its residents."

The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is contributing $114,433 toward the project under the RInC program. The provincial government is investing $112,433 while the City of Miramichi is providing $63,000 and the Chatham Head Recreation and Community Centre Inc. is investing $49,434.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing $500 million over two years for the RInC program to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities in communities. The RInC program, which concludes on March 31, 2011, is delivered in Atlantic Canada by ACOA.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Peggy Bélanger, communications, ACOA New Brunswick, 506-452-2466; John Henry, chair, Chatham Oldtimers Committee, 506-622-4230.