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Ontario Invests In Community Arena Restoration

Upper Deck Returns To Thessalon Arena After 48-Year Absence

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is contributing to a healthier quality of life for residents of Thessalon and surrounding areas by investing in the redevelopment of the Thessalon Memorial Community Arena, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We recognize and are addressing the need to invest in public infrastructure that supports community wellness in the North," said Bartolucci. "This is an essential cultural, social and recreational venue that plays an important role in the lives of local residents."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $281,000 to construct a new mezzanine level above the arena lobby, to be known as the "T.G. Fleron Upper Deck."  The original upper deck was destroyed by fire in 1959 and never rebuilt. Improvements to plumbing and heating will also be completed, along with the installation of a new fire alarm system and the construction of a barrier-free entrance to the building. The arena currently serves a combined population of 4,500 from the Municipality of Huron Shores, the Town of Bruce Mines and the Township of Plummer Additional, and is designated as an emergency shelter.  

"The arena expansion will ensure that this facility continues to be used on a year-long basis by the community," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "It will result in a more efficient building better positioned to generate increased benefits and revenues through a multitude of events and activities."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in Algoma-Manitoulin.  Other examples include:

•    Providing $763,736 to upgrade the Thessalon water treatment plant to comply with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation

•    Providing $2,900 to Whispering Winds Resort north of Thessalon to acquire a solar power system used to improve efficiencies

•    Investing $90,000 in support of the Thessalon First Nation Bio Centre renovation project.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.


Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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