By Lawrence Powell
Local residents will have more ways to stay fit and have fun thanks to provincial investments to improve and upgrade recreation facilities in Annapolis County and western Kings County.
Locally five grants were announced July 31 under the Recreation Facility Development Program. Education Minister Ramona Jennex made the announcement on behalf of David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. They are:
-- Annapolis Valley Lake and Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, West Paradise and Bridgetown, replace two trail bridges, $16,000
-- Lawrencetown Exhibition Youth Arena, Lawrencetown, upgrade to the arena, $40,000
-- Town of Middleton, Middleton, improve Middleton Rotary Park, $10,000
-- Municipality of the County of Kings, Greenwood, develop McMaster Mill Park, $12,000
-- Springfield Union Picnic Grounds Commission, Springfield, improve park, $8,000
Jennex announced 12 grants for the Valley region.
"When we support organizations and recreation facilities, we support Nova Scotians to lead healthier, more active lives," said Jennex. "Government is providing more than $3.1-million toward 75 projects across the province so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun."
Recreation Facility Development grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia sets out 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity -- such as designing new after-school programs to target junior high students living in rural and remote communities, new programs to provide opportunities for free access to sport and recreation facilities and supporting healthy food policy in public institutions, including sport and recreation settings.