Edmonton families will benefit from improved community recreational space

More than $28,000 from the Government of Canada will support the Spruce Avenue Community League

EDMONTON, Sept. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Edmonton families will benefit from improvements to the outdoor rink at the Spruce Avenue Community League as a result of more than $28,000 from the Government of Canada.

The funding was announced today by Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.

The investment has supported upgrades to light poles and installation of energy-efficient LED lighting. These improvements will allow the Community League to save on energy costs, enhance the services provided by the recreation facility and help to promote local interest in sports and healthy living.

This investment is part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund that was established to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday through investments in the community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $92.4 million is being invested across Western Canada.

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"This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. There's no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together – the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That's how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces."  
-       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"I am so pleased that the Spruce Avenue Community League is the recipient of funding though the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Our investment is helping the League to continue to provide high-quality recreational services that will benefit the community for years to come."
-       Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre

"'The Spruce Avenue Community is pleased to be a recipient of funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.  For over 65 years the outdoor community rink has been the center of activity for families living in Spruce Avenue and surrounding communities.   The area is comprised of a diverse group of residents from many different cultures and the rink has provided local children and newcomers to Canada with their first experience of a Canadian winter learning to skate on an outdoor rink.   The community is grateful for the funding which will ensure the rink remains viable and sustainable for many more years to come."
-       Sue Buhler, President of the Spruce Avenue Community League

Associated Link

Western Economic Diversification Canada – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

 

SOURCE Western Economic Diversification Canada

For further information: Donna Kinley, Western Economic Diversification Canada, 780-495-6892, Donna.Kinley@canada.ca


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