first_imgNorthside residents will soon be skating and walking their way to better health, thanks to government investments in a new civic centre in North Sydney. Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke, National Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor John Morgan made the announcement today, April 16. “Whether it’s playing hockey, power-walking on the indoor track or going for a family skate, this new facility will help Cape Bretoners live more active, healthy lives,” said Mr. Clarke, on behalf of Health Promotion and Protection Minister Pat Dunn. The Northside Civic Centre will feature an NHL-size ice surface, seating for 800 spectators and will have an indoor walking track around the perimeter. “The Northside Civic Centre will be a focal point for the community,” said Mr. MacKay. “In addition to providing amenities that support a healthy lifestyle, the project will also have a significant economic impact, putting people to work building a facility that will enable the community to host various sporting, recreation and trade events.” The facility will also have a multi-purpose room, kitchen facilities and a minor hockey office. “The civic centre is an important addition to the CBRM community, providing the Northside with important recreational and economic development infrastructure,” said Mr. Morgan. “Young and old alike will benefit from this facility.” “The Northside community strongly supports this initiative as witnessed by the response to our public fundraising campaign,” said Leo Steele, chairperson of the Northside Civic Centre Society. “To date, we have raised $1.5 million in cash and pledges for this project.” Total project cost is estimated at $12 million. The province will invest $4 million, while the federal government, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, will also provide $4 million. Cape Breton Regional Municipality will contribute $2.5 million and will provide construction management services. The province’s investment comes from its Building Facilities Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. Under B-FIT, the province has committed more than $55 million to 31 major infrastructure projects, generating $165 million worth of construction. The announcement is part of Nova Scotia’s Building for Growth infrastructure strategy. The program is designed to stimulate the economy by creating a demand for goods and services and creating jobs. The Nova Scotia government is committed to improving the economy and investing for the future. FOR BROADCAST USE The provincial, federal and municipal governments will invest a combined $10.5 million in the Northside Civic Centre. Justice Minister Cecil Clarke, National Defence Minister Peter MacKay, and Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor John Morgan made the announcement today (April 16th). Nova Scotia and the federal government are each investing $4 million. CBRM will contribute $2.5 million. The 12-million-dollar centre will include an NHL-size ice surface, seating for 800 people and a walking track. -30-last_img

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