NOTE: A list of grants in the South Shore region follows this release.
A skate park in Bridgewater is one of six projects in the South Shore region receiving grants to help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives.
Grants totaling more than $226,000 were announced today, July 10, by Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine.
“Government investments in projects like the skate park, playgrounds, recreational facilities, and trails are an important part of helping communities remain connected and vibrant,” said Mr. Furey. “These investments are tied to Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan and support the outcomes in the strategy.”
Bridgewater is building a multi-use skate park that will provide year-round activities for families. It is receiving a $73,000 recreational facility development program grant from the province.
“The Bridgewater Skate Park is one of many recent significant developments in our community that supports youth, young families, and healthy active lifestyles,” said Mayor Dave Mitchell. “Bringing a skate park to Bridgewater has been a lifelong dream for many, and something few thought was within reach. With this contribution from the province, we are another step closer to reaching our funding goal. It will be great to finally see shovels in the ground at the York Street location before the end of the year.”
Provincewide, government is investing a total of $1.8 million for 60 new and upgraded facilities that promote healthy living.
The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
Projects include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and modernizing and creating new fields for sport and recreation.