June 24, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The federal and provincial governments are making investments in upgrading the playing fields at Forest Hills School.
The announcement was made today by Saint John East MLA Roly MacIntyre on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation; and by Saint John MP Rodney Weston on behalf of National Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also the minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.
"The Province of New Brunswick is proud to invest in this important community infrastructure project for Forest Hills School and the City of Saint John," said MacIntyre. "Ensuring that we have good recreational facilities helps improve our quality of life, strengthens our communities and helps us toward our goal of self-sufficiency."
The project consists of reconstructing the sports fields at the school and the immediate surrounding area through excavation of old wood beams and posts. Following excavation, suitable soils will be placed and the finished playing surfaces restored.
"The Economic Action Plan is making a real difference in the communities of New Brunswick," said Weston. "Through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, we are proud to invest more than $155,000 to restore the Forest Hills School playing fields. This project will generate additional local economic activity, create jobs during the construction phase and ensure that the students and area residents enjoy quality recreational infrastructure for years to come."
The two governments are investing more than $590,000 in the project. The provincial government is contributing $437,000 through the Regional Development Corporation. The federal government is providing $157,730 through RInC, an economic stimulus initiative under Canada's Economic Action Plan.
"It is important for schools and communities to have appropriate sports fields on which students and teams may play," said Christopher Toole, director, finance and administration, School District 8. "The refurbishment of the Forest Hills School field will not only be a great benefit to our students but will also provide an additional play space to the greater Saint John community, which has an ever-growing need for quality play fields."
Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing $500 million over two years to RInC to support the upgrading and renewal of recreational facilities across the country. Projects are selected on the basis of merit and construction readiness, and they must be completed before March 31, 2011. The RInC program is delivered in Atlantic Canada by ACOA.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Peggy Bélanger, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - New Brunswick, 506-452-2466; Christopher Toole, director, finance and administration, School District 8, 506-658-5300.