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$382,774 in funding announced for 11 Prince County projects

Kim Beaton, left, and Connie Bernard, members of the Alberton Skate Park committee chat with Alberton Mayor Michael Murphy and his grandson Kaden DesRoches, about a skate park that will be developed in town this year. A grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was the final piece of the puzzle to make the project happen.
Kim Beaton, left, and Connie Bernard, members of the Alberton Skate Park committee chat with Alberton Mayor Michael Murphy and his grandson Kaden DesRoches, about a skate park that will be developed in town this year. A grant from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was the final piece of the puzzle to make the project happen.

MIMINEGASH, P.E.I. - In previous roles as recreation director and Irish Moss Festival chairwoman, Chancey Gaudette had pursued a special project to bring a splash pad to Tignish’s Bicentennial Park.

On Wednesday, in her new role as office manager for the Town of Tignish, Gaudette learned her community would receive $55,816 to assist with the creation of the splash pad and a walking track in the park.

Coupled with proceeds from fundraising efforts, Gaudette said the town now has about $90,000 to put towards the project.

“We still have a little bit to go,” she said, noting total costs are estimated to be more than $100,000.
The town will take out a loan to cover the remaining costs so the project can commence. Profits from this year’s Irish Moss Festival will be applied against the loan.

The splash pad is expected to be ready for use by late summer.

With the walking track inside the perimeter fence, Gaudette said parents will be able to walk laps while their children enjoy the splash pad.

The Bicentennial Park was one of 11 projects Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey announced funding for Wednesday in Miminegash.

Total federal government funding for those projects is $382,774.

Total funding for all projects approved in Egmont this year is $1,305,580.

Audrey Callaghan, right, chairwoman of Miminegash community council, looks on as Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey announces $382,774 in funding for 11 projects in Prince County.

By the numbers:
$97,510 – Tignish Legion for facility upgrades
$55,816 – Tignish Bicentennial Park
$49,537 – Miscouche Community Centre and skate park upgrades
$33,050 – Miminegash Community Centre upgrades
$29,893 – Renovations to Wellington Boys and Girls Club
$29,607 – Evangeline ATV Club for trail system expansion and clubhouse addition
$26,962 – Town of Alberton skate park and fire department
$18,052 – Palmer Road Columbus Club upgrades to community centre and parking lot
$15,100 – Stabilization of O’Leary Museum’s Leard’s Grist Mill
$13,897 – Renovations and preservation of West t Lighthouse
$13,350 – Roof replacement and new sidewalk at Northport Pier Inn.
Two of the projects also received funding from the P.E.I. Department of Rural and Regional Development:
$11,860 – Evangeline ATV Club
$5,000 – Wellington Boys and Girls Club

With the federal government covering roughly half of the project costs, Morrissey said the projects generate about $2.6 million in upgrades.

He said he opted to spread out the funding across his riding rather than concentrate the money into a few large projects.

The projects, he said, are meant to leave a lasting legacy to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the communities and facilities they support.

The O’Leary Centennial Museum and Library Association was approved $15,100 to help stabilize Leard’s Grist Mill in Coleman.

Audrey Callaghan, chairwoman of the Miminegash Community Council, said the $33,050 the community received will help with an expansion at the back of the community room and new accessible washrooms.

Connie Bernard, a member of Alberton Town Council and one of the committee members working towards the establishment of a skate park there, was thrilled with the $26,962 the town received to develop the park and for a project at the fire hall.

Bernard said the committee was hoping to raise $50,000. With the federal contribution, as well as numerous donations, the committee has actually exceeded its objective and will apply the extra money towards signage and security cameras.

“We wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t have our government behind us,” she said.

An existing asphalt pad in the town-owned Veterans Memorial Field complex will be resurfaced and expanded, and steel ramps and rails will be installed. Bernard said work will commence in early June and the skate park is scheduled to be ready by late July. She anticipates an August grand opening.

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