McGuinty Government Building Recreational Opportunities For Cobourg Families

    City Plans Skating Rink In Rotary Waterfront Park

    COBOURG, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is building more
opportunities for families to enjoy time together with a $1.35-million
investment in the City of Cobourg, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "People in Cobourg take a lot of pride in their great quality of life -
and we're proud to do our part to make it even better," said Ontario Premier
Dalton McGuinty. "That's why our government is pleased to support the City's
efforts to give families year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, stay
active and stay healthy."
    The City of Cobourg is planning to build a skating area as part of the
final phase in the Rotary Waterfront Park development. It will include a tent
area to be used for special events throughout the spring, summer and fall. It
is estimated that the project will support significant economic spinoffs for
the downtown area and the entire community.
    "This is a great day for Cobourg and Northumberland County. These funds
will allow for the creation of the jewel of downtown Cobourg, providing both
new recreation and new tourist opportunities for Northumberland-Quinte West,"
said Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P. "I want to sincerely thank Premier McGuinty for
joining us at this important announcement today."
    "This funding will contribute to the health and wellness of our citizens
and it will be an ongoing catalyst to draw people to our heritage centre and
our waterfront marina," said Peter Delanty, Mayor of the Town of Cobourg. "I
want to add a very special thank you to Lou Rinaldi for working very hard to
make this dream of our Rotary Waterfront Park a reality."
    "We're grateful for this very generous contribution to Rotary Park, which
will honour Rotarian Robert Scott for his outstanding contributions in
defeating polio throughout the world," said the Rotary Club's William
Patchett. "The park will bring great enjoyment to the citizens of Cobourg and
will help to promote tourism in Northumberland County. Lou has shown himself
once again to be a very strong and determined advocate."
    The funding is part of the province's $41 million investment in community
infrastructure and multi-use facilities to help Ontarians maintain healthy and
active lives. Other Budget 2007 initiatives to benefit communities include:

    -   A 20 per cent increase in annual funding to the Ontario Trillium
    -   More support for Ontario libraries - about $5 million in 2006-07 and
    -   Additional resources to foster tourism growth.

    "Strong communities mean that families prosper, children thrive,
businesses expand - and people are there for one another," said Premier
McGuinty. "Throughout the province, people are working together to build great
communities and expand opportunities - and our government is committed to
doing its part to help build a brighter future for all Ontarians."

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