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PORT HAWKESBURY (NS) – January 22, 2011 – With support from the Government of Canada, brooms will once again be sweeping the ice at the Strait Area Community Curling Club in Port Hawkesbury as it reopens after undergoing major renovations. The official reopening ceremony was held today as part of the annual Industrial Bonspiel hosted by the Club.
“Our government is ensuring that residents of the Strait area benefit from stimulus funds for improved recreational facilities,” said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “Our investment in this community facility has supported jobs and resulted in a renewed community facility that will benefit local residents for years come.”
The Strait Area Community Curling Club is a community-based, not-for-profit organization serving the Strait area and surrounding communities. Established in 1964, the Club is committed to promoting curling in a friendly atmosphere by providing quality programs for curlers of all ages. Renovations to the facility have included the reconstruction of the rink and the addition of a third ice sheet.
“Club volunteers have worked diligently to make this project a reality, contributing over 7,000 hours of their time to the construction,” said Peter Waugh, President of the Strait Area Community Curling Club. “Their efforts combined with government and community support have resulted in a renewed facility that will serve the Strait Area community well into the future.”
The Government of Canada has contributed $75,000 toward the project under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program (RInC), a key stimulus initiative under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The RInC program is helping to upgrade and renew recreational facilities in communities across Canada and encouraging increased participation in physical activity and community building. To date, $2.9 million in RInC investments have been announced for 41 projects throughout Cape Breton Island.
The Province of Nova Scotia has also contributed to this project.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.