Three rural community facilities will be upgraded and made wheelchair accessible through $193,633 in government funding announced today.
The Belfast Recreation Centre received the bulk of the funding announced this afternoon. The Government of Canada has committed $60,345, while the Government of Prince Edward Island is putting $44,300 toward the project, which will make needed enhancements to the combined arena and community centre.
“This funding gave us the opportunity to make necessary upgrades to our arena and community centre," said David Cooper, president of the Belfast Recreation Centre. "These upgrades will help keep the doors of our arena open, which is very important because it’s the meeting place in our community.”
Community centres in Murray Harbour and Cherry Valley/Earnscliffe also received news of funding today.
Murray Harbour is renovating its community centre, adding a new wheelchair ramp and accessible washroom. The Cherrycliffe Community Centre is also adding wheelchair ramps, as well as upgrading its kitchen and bathrooms through the funds.
National Revenue Minister Gail Shea took part in the announcement in Belfast, along with Cooper and P.E.I. Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley.
Shea noted, “By improving our community facilities and various infrastructure projects, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $117,895 from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Government of Prince Edward Island is investing over $75,738 into these projects.