Municipal Affairs and Environment
June 8, 2017

Provincial Government Marks Grand Opening of Paul Reynolds Community Centre

The Provincial Government joined the City of St. John’s today to officially open the new Paul Reynolds Community Centre. The facility will serve as a hub for the community and is named after an important local resident, Paul Reynolds, who was mayor of the Town of Wedgewood Park before amalgamation with St. John’s in 1992.

The new community centre has 74,000 square feet of overall space, including a 25-metre pool and a leisure pool, two waterslides, fully accessible changing rooms, a full-sized gymnasium, as well as a fitness area and an outdoor playground which is scheduled to be constructed this year. The centre also has dedicated areas for youth, children and seniors, as well as several multi-purpose rooms.

The Provincial Government invested approximately $4.2 million in this project through the Multi-Year Capital Works program. This is part of the $100 million in municipal infrastructure investments over the next three years through the Multi-Year Capital Works ($70 million) and Municipal Capital Works ($30 million) programs.

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“Community centres give residents a place to gather for events, participate in local sports and recreation programs, and make great memories with their friends, neighbours and families. Our government continues to work with municipal governments, such as the City of St. John’s, to assist in creating sustainable communities and enable them to build and maintain key regional infrastructure.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

“Today marks a very historic day for the City of St. John’s and especially for the Paul Reynolds family and community members of Wedgewood Park for which this building has been named. This new, modern and energy efficient facility will serve as a community hub, learning centre and fun space for the young and the young at heart for many years to come.”
Dennis O’Keefe
Mayor, City of St. John’s

“I am very excited to see this state-of-the-art facility built in the heart of Wedgewood Park. I have had the pleasure of seeing this project grow from its inception while I was on the city council, to its completion as the MHA for Virginia Waters – Pleasantville. Facilities such as the Paul Reynolds Centre can help improve both physical and mental health outcomes in communities. This facility will provide essential access to recreational facilities for the residents of not only my district, but the entirety of the City of St. John’s.”
Bernard Davis
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Community Services and MHA for Virginia Waters - Pleasantville

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Media contacts
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca

Kelly Maguire
Communications and Public Relations Officer
City of St. John’s
709-576-8491
kmaguire@stjohns.ca

Tari Ajadi
Constituency Assistant to
Bernard Davis, MHA for Virginia Waters - Pleasantville
709-729-5980, 730-4945
tariajadi@gov.nl.ca

2017 06 08                              10:25 a.m.