Government of Canada invests in outdoor community sports and recreation infrastructure in Calgary

Today, Adam van KoeverdenParliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Minister of Sport, on behalf of the Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced a federal investment of more than $720,000 for four community revitalization projects across the city of Calgary. The investments will allow residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to have better access to sports and recreation facilities.

Projects receiving federal funding include:

  • Alberta Urban Athletic Association receives $78,000 develop an outdoor gym McHugh Bluff.
  • The City of Calgary receives $75,000 to expand and revitalize four outdoor basketball courts located in from Calgary Saddle Ridge, Coventry Hills and Lake McKenzie communities.
  • Hawkwood Community Association receives $85,612 to create a year-round outdoor fitness center with a paved multipurpose ice rink, skating rink, basketball courts, tennis courts with pickleball, indoor playground and trails.
  • Vivo company for healthier generations receives $490,000 to create a new exterior courtyard and a new esplanade and improve accessibility to its recreation center in Calgary.

The combined federal investment of $728,612 is expected to help create or maintain 15 jobs, increase accessibility to recreational spaces for residents and visitors, and support investment attraction and commercial activity.

The government of alberta has been a key partner in supporting the revitalization of recreational facilities in Calgary by providing close $1 million to help upgrade three of these community organizations: Alberta Urban Athletics Association ($35,000)Vivo for Healthier Generations Society (close to $150,000) and the Hawkwood Community Association ($771,000).

Quotation

“Our government is making investments here in alberta, to increase the accessibility of community spaces, create green infrastructure and improve people’s quality of life through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund. Today’s investment to expand recreational spaces in Calgary ensure that residents of all ages and abilities can benefit from accessible outdoor activities in their community. »
– The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan

“Recreational infrastructure is essential for strong and vibrant communities. Whether it’s having fun with friends or working towards a personal goal, movement plays a key role in maintaining our well-being and a healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is crucial for our physical health and mental well-being, and public infrastructure like this also improves our social and community health! Today’s investment supports and gives Calgarians greater access to play sports and be more physically active, while strengthening from Calgary reputation as a world-class city in which to live, work and play. »
– Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Minister of Sport

“Every season, Calgarians know the benefits of getting out and participating in recreational activities. I am proud that our government is investing in community-led recreation projects that lay the foundation for a strong recovery while creating lasting amenities for generations to enjoy. come.”
George ChahalMLA for Calgary Skyview

“Being able to get out and play is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health. That’s why from Alberta the government also provides nearly $1 million to non-profit community organizations to build and upgrade outdoor recreational facilities. I thank all financial partners for their contributions. Together, we help Albertans ensure their overall well-being and contribute to vibrant, healthy communities for generations to come. »
Ron OrrMinister of Culture, Government of alberta

“Healthy neighborhoods need high-quality spaces where people can be active all year round. Supporting the health and well-being of Calgarians requires investments in recreational infrastructure from all levels of government. Today’s announcement is welcome news as these projects will provide much needed sports and recreation. healthy life opportunities for all. »
Jyoti Gondekmayor, City of Calgary

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the vital importance of good health and the value of connecting to our community and nature. By ensuring Calgarians of all abilities can easily access Vivo and improving our outdoor spaces, this investment will create a deep-rooted legacy of healthier generations in our city.”
Cynthia WatsonDirector of Evolution, Vivo for Healthier Generations

“AUAA is thrilled to be working with PrairiesCan on the development of an outdoor fitness park in from Calgary McHugh Bluff Park. As this fitness park is open to the public, the site is designed to ensure all residents and visitors of Calgary, are able to enjoy this facility regardless of their fitness level. Everyone will be welcome to use this facility and enjoy their own unique fitness experience.”
Peter HamiltonPresident, Alberta Urban Athletics Association

“Communities like Hawkwood benefit greatly from having an outdoor space where residents of all ages and cultures can gather and enjoy physical activity. The gathering of the community has been nothing short of magnificent, especially after a few difficult years. This investment in our community will pay dividends for our mental and physical health for many years to come.”
Kevan Newmanpresident of the Hawkwood Community Association

Fast facts

  • The Canadian Community Revitalization Fund (CRCF) helps communities through Canada build and improve community infrastructure so they can recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • With a national endowment of $500 million over two years, the fund aims to support non-profit organizations, municipalities and other public institutions, as well as indigenous communities on the road to economic recovery.
  • Projects supported by the Fund focus on the revitalization of downtowns and main streets; reinvent outdoor spaces; create green infrastructure; and increasing the accessibility of community spaces.
  • PrairiesCan administers the Fund by alberta.

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SOURCE Prairie Economic Development Canada

For further information: Kyle Allen, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairie Economic Development Canada and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, [email protected]; Rohit Sandhu, Communications Manager, Prairie Economic Development Canada, [email protected]

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