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January 11, 2010

Additional $6.35 Million Invested in Recreation Infrastructure

The Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, today announced that the Provincial Government has recently approved an additional $6.35 million to assist in the expansion and upgrade of community recreation and sports infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

"As a government, we are committed to improving the province's recreational infrastructure in order to encourage more residents to participate in a broad range of community-based programs, and to pursue more active, healthy lifestyles," said Minister French. "For example, in Conception Bay South, the Provincial Government will invest more than $509,000 to make significant upgrades to the Topsail Soccer Complex, including the installation of artificial turf, lighting and bleachers. Upgrades such as these across the province will provide communities with safe, accessible and well-equipped recreational facilities that will be utilized and enjoyed by residents in the towns where facilities are located – as well as those who reside in surrounding communities - both today and long into the future."

The funding is part of the provincial contribution to the federal Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program. A complete list of recently-approved provincial projects can be found in the backgrounder below.

Minister French noted that today's announcement is in addition to the almost $1.8 million in provincial funding for RInC projects approved within the past year, including: $630,854 to install artificial turf and upgrade the International Soccer Pitch at the Team Gushue Sports Complex in Mount Pearl; $620,905 for improvements to the Paradise Wellness Centre; $256,478 for upgrades to the Carbonear Swimming Pool; $115,973 to replace the boards and install safety glass at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace; $85,468 to assist with exterior renovations to the swimming pool and soccer facility in Grand Bank; and, $64,941 for facility upgrades and equipment in the Fortune Arena. In addition, almost $560,000 has been invested in upgrades to provincial recreation and sport infrastructure through the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation's Community Capital Grant Program, which has been delivered to more than 40 communities across the province.

The development and redevelopment of community recreational and sport infrastructure is among the key objectives identified in the province's long-term recreation and sport strategy, Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador (2007).

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Media contact:
Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061

New Provincial Government Recreation Infrastructure Investments

Community Amount Approved

Project Descriptions

Bishop's Falls $44,554 Replacement of boards at Pat O'Reilly Memorial Centre Stadium.
Bonavista $176,723 Extension to Cabot Stadium, including vertical lift.
Botwood $1,083,302 Upgrades to Harry Ivany Arena, including: installation of a new board system, lighting, dressing rooms, washrooms, seating, main entrance relocation and building accessibility.
Channel-Port aux Basques $329,711 Upgrades to Bruce II Sports Centre, including: relocation of fitness centre, and replacement of flooring, condenser, and electronic bowling score board.
Clarenville $70,000 To assist with construction of club house and development of oval track around the existing soccer field.
Conception Bay South $509,106 Upgrades to Topsail Soccer Complex, including: installation of artificial turf, lighting and bleachers.
Corner Brook $1,622,783 Two projects: - Replacement of Pepsi Centre roof - Upgrades to Margaret Bowater Park, including: development of a new multipurpose area, improvements to the swimming pool, parking lot, trail system and the installation of new lighting, furniture, and playground equipment.
Gander $59,839 Three projects: - Upgrades to tennis facility, including: installation of lighting, court resurfacing, and new siding on the
main club house; - Redevelopment of the baseball field, including: installation of new fencing and batting cage, and re-soiling; and, - Enhancement of Edinburgh Trail, including: improvements to drainage, paved surfacing, re-soiling and seeding.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay $375,773 Upgrades to EJ Broomfield Arena, including: improvements to the ice plant, rink floor and rink boards.
Harbour Grace $47,208 Extension of Soccer Complex, including: expansion of club house and installation of showers and lockers.
Labrador City $619,503 Upgrades to the Labrador City Arena, including: improvements to the roof, construction of a new exterior addition, and relocation of the refrigeration room.
St. John's $986,170 Three projects. - Flood-proofing at King George V Soccer Field; - Redevelopment of Martin's Meadow, including: development of a large green space, two play areas for children, walking paths, and natural beautification; and, - Upgrading cycling trails in Virginia Park.
Wabana $431,694 Upgrades to arena, including: lowering ceiling and installation of dehumidifiers, replacement of lighting (emergency lighting included), exterior siding, construction of a multi-purpose room, and a heating system upgrade.
Total: $6,356,366

2010 01 11                                  11:20 a.m.

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