Federal, provincial and municipal governments invest in accessible community space
The New Maryland Lions Club and the New Maryland Home and School Association today unveiled plans for a new accessible playground, thanks to investments by federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA); and the Honourable Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Families and Children, along with Her Worship Judy Wilson-Shee, Mayor of New Maryland joined members of the Village of New Maryland Lion’s Club and the Home and School Association to make the announcement today.
The project includes upgrades and modernization of the current playground facilities at the school to offer a range of physical play activities that are safe and inclusive for all residents in the community.
The Government of Canada is investing $93,834 in the project through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150). The Province of New Brunswick, through the Regional Development Corporation (RDC), is contributing $50,000, and the Village of New Maryland is contributing $16,500. The New Maryland Lions Club in collaboration with the New Maryland Home and School Association, is contributing $55,166.
CIP 150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“Canada’s economic success is positively impacted when communities are strong and united. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting communities like the Village of New Maryland to ensure they remain strong, healthy, and prosperous.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA
“The Government of Canada continues to make positive investments through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. I am pleased that we are able to work with the New Maryland Lions Club to contribute to a new accessible community space at the New Maryland Elementary School that ensures everyone can participate in healthy and fun activities on an equal basis.”
- Matt DeCourcey, Member of Parliament for Fredericton
“The provincial government invests in community projects such as this new accessible playground to promote active, healthy lifestyles. We are proud to be a partner in this important recreational community project for the entire community of New Maryland.”
- The Honourable Stephen Horsman, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Families and Children, on behalf of the Honourable Donald Arsenault, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation
“Mayor and Council, in partnership with the New Maryland Elementary School and working closely with the Home and School Association, are pleased that we are able to contribute financially to their major project which includes upgrades to their playground structures that will benefit the children of our community and surrounding areas for many years to come.”
- Her Worship, Judy Wilson-Shee, Mayor of New Maryland
“It has been a lot of hard work and community involvement, but we are extremely excited to see the playground becoming a reality for our school and community. A big thank you goes out to ACOA, the Province of NB, the Lions Club, the Village of New Maryland, and all of the various organizations who made contributions.”
- Erica Ward, President, New Maryland Home and School Association
“The community of New Maryland should be very proud of its efforts to make this new playground equipment a reality. There have been a lot of people involved in raising or contributing the required funds, and a lot of local community organizations have stepped up to make contributions. We also wish to send a big thank you to ACOA, the Province and our local Village. What an excellent way for all of us to support the youth of our community! “
- John Kershaw, Project lead, New Maryland Lions Club
- Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
- Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
- Canada 150
Office of Matt DeCourcey, MP
Paul CJ LeBlanc
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Province of New Brunswick
Village of New Maryland Lions Club