Nova Scotians will have more ways to stay fit and have fun, as the province invests more than $867,000 to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Central region.
Thirty grants were announced today, July 24, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism made the announcement on behalf of David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness.
“When we support organizations and recreation facilities, we support Nova Scotians leading healthier, more active lives,” said Mr. Paris. “Government is providing more than $3.1-million toward 75 projects across the province so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.”
The grants will help to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation.
For the Central Region, the grants were announced at the Cheema Aquatic Club, Waverley, which received $100,000 for improvements and upgrades.
“Cheema Racing has had great success building Olympic athletes, as well as healthier children and a stronger community,” said Yvette Hughes, Cheema commodore. “We thank the Department of Health and Wellness for recognizing this opportunity to help Cheema grow.”
Recreation facility development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity, such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities, and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings.
Funding announced for Waverley – Fall River – Beaver Bank:
Cheema Aquatic Club, club improvements, $100,000 over two years
Grand Lake Oakfield Community Society, develop playground, $20,000
Ash Lee Jefferson Elementary School, Fall River, replace playground, $20,000
Following is a list of other investments in the Central Region:
– YMCA of Greater Halifax-Dartmouth, upgrade gym, $100,000 over two years
– Lake District Recreation Association, Lower Sackville, upgrade roof, $58,000
– Central Spryfield School, replace playground equipment, $15,000–
– Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association, reconstruct Salt Marsh Trail, $15,000
– Foyer-ecole Beaubassin, Halifax, develop accessible playground, $15,000
– Bell Park Academy, East Preston, expand accessible playground, $15,000
– Titans Gymnastics and Trampoline, Dartmouth, install gymnastics pit, $10,000
– Harry R. Hamilton Elementary, Middle Sackville, redevelop accessible playground, $20,000
– Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association, expand Miller Meadow Park, Halifax Regional Municipality, $20,000
– Lakefront School, Tangier, upgrade playground, $15,000–
– Musquodoboit Trailways Association, Musquodoboit Harbour, develop trail, $35,000
– St. Joseph’s Alexander McKay Playround Project, Halifax, develop playground, $20,000
– Sackville Rivers Association, Lower Sackville, upgrade Dennis Bicknell Trail Bridge, $10,000
– Atlantic View Trail Association, Lawrencetown, develop trail, $25,000
– O’Connell Drive Elementary School, Porter’s Lake, develop playground, $15,000
– Porters Lake Elementary School, develop playground, $15,000
– Atlantic Memorial Elementary School, Prospect, replace accessible playground, $12,000
– White Hills Residents Association, Tantallon, develop accessible park, $25,000
– Five Islands Lake Estates Homeowners Association, Hubley, develop accessible park, $20,000
– Woodens River Watershed Environment Organization, Timberlea, replace boardwalk, $12,000
– Volleyball Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, build 10 volleyball courts, $100,000 over two years
– Tennis Nova Scotia, rebuild Halifax Common Tennis Court, $80,000 over two years
– Conrad Field, Dartmouth, install lighting at Conrad Ballfield, $40,000
– Second Lake Regional Park Association, Lower Sackville, develop trail in Second Lake Park, $15,000
– Lawrencetown-Cole Harbour Trail Connector Association, develop trail, $10,000
– Southbrook Community Playground, develop park in Southbrook, Halifax Regional Municipality, $10,000.