Feb. 19, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The report Inventaire des programmes et des installations de loisirs et de sports dans la Péninsule acadienne (inventory of recreation and sport programs and facilities in the Acadian Peninsula) was released today. The announcement was made by Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert.
"I was pleasantly surprised to see how positive the findings were," Albert said. "The Acadian Peninsula has a plethora of sport and recreation facilities. By working together, the local residents will certainly be able to bring in large sporting events. The World Acadian Congress in 2009 is a good example."
The report, prepared by the IBI Group, inventoried recreation programs and facilities in order to paint a picture of the current situation in the Acadian Peninsula. The findings provide tools for sport and recreation stakeholders in the region.
The report indicates that certain measures must be taken to ensure the quality and accessibility of the existing network of sport and recreation facilities. It also highlights the importance of developing a capacity to facilitate local sport and recreation programs and activities.
It goes on to say that the municipalities cannot, on their own, assume the role of providing the sport facilities and programs required to attract major sporting events. It is essential for all communities to work together in order to achieve more in the area of sport and recreation in the Acadian Peninsula.
The final report (French only) and summary are available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.