A handful of local recreational infrastructure projects will be receiving some help from both the provincial and federal governments.
Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell announced Thursday that a total of $2.3 million would be allocated to the projects, through the Canada Infrastructure Program.
These six projects include the Safe and functional community Hub at the Centre Charles-Émile Claude in Cornwall, the development of Hallville Community Park in North Dundas, the refurbishment of the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria, the ice pad replacement at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre in Williamstown, as well as the community parks Pavillion Projects and the upgrade of two play structures in South Stormont.
“As the weather begins to get warmer, the need for sport and recreational infrastructure becomes even greater as it provides members of the community an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle,” said McDonell.
Cornwall’s Centre Charles-Émile Claude, a recreation centre for French-speaking older adults, received a total of $409,991 — $166,800 from the federal government, $138,986 from the provincial government and $104,205 from what is considered to be other funding.
“A key role for ourselves as federal and provincial representatives is to make sure we get our fair share of infrastructure projects approved for our local communities,” said MP Eric Duncan. “It is great to see several local recreational projects and upgrades approved to get underway in the coming months. Without a doubt, they will all be well used by many residents in the years and decades to come.”
Char-Lan’s ice pad replacement project on the other hand, received a total of $1.4 million — $560,000 from the federal, $466,620 from the provincial and $373,380 from other funding. Construction will begin in 2022 to ensure recreational programming is not disrupted during the 2021 season.
“Our recreational programming and community associations have taken a big hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost. “This investment will be a welcome addition to the community and is something positive everyone can look forward to.”