LOWER SACKVILLE, NS, Feb. 12, 2019 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.
Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville–Preston–Chezzetcook, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia; Steve Craig, Councillor for District 15, Lower Sackville, Halifax Regional Municipality; and Shane Feriancek, Sack-a-wa Co-Commodore, today announced the construction of the Sack-a-wa Multipurpose Training Facility, a new multi-purpose recreation and sports complex.
Once complete, the new 9,200 square foot sports and recreation centre will service the communities of Sackville, Beaver Bank, Mount Uniacke, and Hammonds Plains, as well as the greater Halifax Regional Municipality. The facility will provide sport and community programming for residents, visitors, seniors and persons with disabilities of all ages, meeting the needs of a growing community.
It will also provide a year-round training centre for the canoe club and local paddling programs, improved boat storage, and community event space that will increase economic opportunities in the region.
The Government of Canada is contributing over $436,000 through the National and Regional Projects. The Government of Nova Scotia is contributing over $722,000, with the Halifax Regional Municipality providing $75,000 in funding. The Sack-a-wa Canoe Club is providing the remainder of project funding and donations in kind.
"Residents and visitors of Sackville will soon have even greater access to sport and recreational activities thanks to the new Sack-a-wa Multipurpose Training Facility. Not only will the centre support active, healthy lifestyles with community programming for seniors, youth groups, and sports clubs, but it will also build community pride and become a place for friends and families to connect for years to come."
Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville–Preston–Chezzetcook, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Incorporating physical activity into our daily lives is essential to both our physical and mental health. This new facility at the Sack-a-wa Canoe Club will promote active living and enhance the quality of life for residents of Lower Sackville and surrounding communities."
Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
"Thanks so much to co-Commodores Angela Clark and Shane Feriancek for delivering on Sack-a-wa Canoe Club's vision of the first truly designed permanent training centre and club house on the shores of First Lake, Lower Sackville since being established in the 1980s. HRM is pleased to contribute $75,000 toward the project, $25,000 of which will come from the HRM Community Grants Program. I'm looking forward to seeing this facility constructed this year to help deliver the good work of Sack-a-wa Canoe Club to their members.
Councillor Steve Craig, District 15, Lower Sackville, Halifax Regional Municipality
"Sack-a-wa Canoe Club has existed as an organization for the last 40 years residing in our original steel structure. Managed by a group of volunteers, the club provides both recreation and competitive sport to the youth of Sackville as well as summer employment. For the past 20 years there has been a drive and an initiative to build a more permanent home. With the support of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments, we are now in a position realize our dream. We would like to thank Premier Stephen McNeil, MP Darrell Samson, Minister Leo Glavine and Councillor Steve Craig for being here today to share in our excitement as we move forward with our building project."
Angela Clark and Shane Feriancek, Sack-a-wa Co-Commodores
- The Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, [email protected]; Lynette MacLeod, Communities, Culture & Heritage and Immigration, 902-229-0785, [email protected]; Nadine Yuriev, Council Constituency Coordinator, Halifax Regional Municipality, 902-490-1577, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]