NOTE: A list of grants in the Fundy region follows this release.
Nova Scotia is investing in local recreation projects in and around the Fundy region, making it easier for residents to enjoy the outdoors and keep physically active.
Government is investing money in trails, playgrounds and other outdoor and indoor recreation projects in Truro, Tatamagouche and Brookfield and other areas in and around Colchester County.
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, announced six grants totalling $127,500 today, July 9, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. Grants for three other projects receiving $122,500 will be announced at a later date bringing the total for the Fundy region to $250,000.
“We are helping people stay physically active and we are helping keep communities strong by investing in the projects that bring people together as a community,” said Ms. Casey. “As a province, we are investing nearly $1.8 million in 65 projects that help keep youth, families and seniors active.”
The Tatamagouche Area Trails Association will use $12,000 to repair the Waugh River bridge and extend the crusher sand surface from the Highway 6 crossing east of the village to the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum in Denmark.
“Tatamagouche Area Trails Association has addressed a number of critical repairs in the past few years, as well as on-going maintenance of our trail,” said Robert Gould, secretary and treasurer of the association. “In 2016 we are hoping to extend the crusher sand surfacing of the Short Line Railbed Trail from Tatamagouche to Denmark, a goal which was dependant upon funding through the grant.”
The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation.