Province Promotes Sports And Recreation In Kirkland Lake
Enhancements At "The Joe" Mean Increased Use By Residents And Tourists
SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is promoting sports, recreation and community development in Kirkland Lake by investing in enhancements to the community centre, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our government is committed to supporting vital municipal infrastructure that contributes to good health and a high quality of life for northerners," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "I am delighted that residents of Kirkland Lake and the surrounding communities will benefit from provincial investments in their sports and recreation facility."
The Town of Kirkland Lake will use an NOHFC contribution of $464,900 to upgrade and enhance the 30-year-old Joe Mavrinac Community Complex. The town will install a new dehumidifier and sound system as well as upgrade the arena's refrigeration system. Safety improvements include upgrading arena seating, installing protective netting and tempered glass shields around the ice surface, and increasing access for all patrons. In addition, lobby and administration areas will be redesigned for more effective use by a variety of groups including students from the adjacent secondary school, health and wellness agencies, and trade show and festival organizers. The project is expected to create two new full-time and up to six part-time jobs.
This funding is one more example of how, working together, the McGuinty government has achieved results in Northeastern Ontario. Other examples include:
- Providing nearly $1.3 million to establish the Materials Joining Innovation Centre at the Northern College campus in Kirkland Lake
- Contributing $2.7 million to support emergency training and preparedness in Thunder Bay and Timmins
- Investing $4.7 million in two broadband and cellular projects in Northeastern Ontario coordinated by Timmins-based NEOnet.
Today's infrastructure investment is 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.