MPs announce funding for rec centres
Barrie MP Patrick Brown, centre announced $943,800 from the CIIF fund on behalf of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, for Lampman Lane Community Centre and park refurbishment in Barrie. On hand for the announcement Saturday were Coun. Alex Nuttall, and Mayor Jeff Lehman. KIM JEFFERY PHOTO/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI AGENCY
The federal government is in a giving mood and local infrastructure projects will benefit as a result.
On Saturday, Barrie MP Patrick Brown announced $943,800 from the CIIF fund on behalf of Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, for Lampman Lane Community Centre and park refurbishment in Barrie, double the average amount of $450,000 many communities were receiving.
The project will revitalize the tennis courts, re-purpose the existing pool to an accessible splash pad, and repair and upgrade washroom facilities as well as park landscaping elements in alignment with city asset management programs and accessibility goals.
Goodyear also made stops in Wasaga Beach and Thornton on Friday to announce funding under the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).
The Thornton arena will receive up to $281,000 for the replacement and upgrading of the facility’s ice surface and refrigeration system.
“These much-needed improvements will have a cost-saving effect for the taxpayers of the township and all users of the facility will benefit from the new technology and safety features involved,” said Essa Township Deputy Mayor Sandie Macdonald.
Goodyear also announced $50,000 for the RecPlex in Wasaga Beach on Friday.
Through the CIIF, the government has committed to supporting communities and creating jobs through repairs and improvements to existing community facilities over the next two years. The fund supports community infrastructure projects such as community centres, cultural centres, parks, libraries, tourism facilities and other community assets.