NOTE: A list of projects follows this release.
Annapolis Valley residents will enjoy enhanced facilities for community and physical activity thanks to funding announced today, July 5, for eight projects in the Annapolis Valley.
Fifty thousand dollars will go to the Town of Annapolis Royal to improve and redevelop the main artery of the Annapolis Royal trail system. The system serves as a multi-use active transportation link for community members and tourists by connecting users to resources like restaurants, shops, health-care and commercial services, the Women’s Resource Centre and public parking.
“Our lives and health are better when we’re physically active, especially if the love of outdoor activity can begin early in life and continue throughout our lifetimes,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Investments like these help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives and help to make our communities stronger.”
“Our community is active, and improving the opportunity to go outside and enjoy our town is a top priority for council,” said Michael Tompkins, mayor of Annapolis Royal. “Annapolis is where history meets opportunity, and this is another great opportunity for the town.”
“This funding provides needed seed money and encourages partnerships that support volunteers and worthwhile community recreation initiatives,” said Reg Ritchie, warden of Annapolis County. “The benefits of today’s announcement will be felt throughout the county.”
The eight projects will receive grants totalling $179,000 through the Recreation Facility Development Program. Grants for six other projects will be announced at a later date, bringing the Annapolis Valley total to $260,000.
Through the Recreational Facilities Development Program, government will invest more than $1.8 million province wide for 65 new and upgraded facilities. The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.