Sackville Community Arena scores upgrades to improve safety, accessibility
Government of Canada fueling community revitalization and creating the conditions for the local economy to thrive
January 25, 2023 · Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Canadian cities and towns flourish when they have community public spaces to promote social interaction and physical activity, and provide access to recreational programs and facilities. These amenities are integral to the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities. Our economic recovery is closely linked to the vitality of our local communities and their shared spaces.
Today, Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook, announced a non-repayable investment of $234,375 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for the Lake District Recreation Association (LDRA). The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
This support will allow the non-profit association to reconfigure the bleachers on one side of the Sackville Community Arena, which is home to many youth and adult sports teams. The stairs will be rebuilt so they are easier and safer to use, and the old benches will be replaced with new seating. This project will enable the arena to host larger, more accessible events so people of all ages and mobility levels can participate and engage in the community.
The CCRF was launched in June 2021. The fund provides $500 million over two years to Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) to invest in shared and inclusive public spaces. The Government of Canada is committed to investing in shared spaces to make them safer, greener and more accessible. This will help stimulate local economies, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.
“Strong, vibrant communities in Nova Scotia are a critical part of a robust and inclusive economic recovery. Investing in shared public spaces like the Sackville Community Arena helps revitalize local economies, boosts tourism, and gives residents a place to come together safely.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA
“The Sackville Community Arena is a vital part of the community. As well as hosting minor and junior hockey leagues, ringette, lacrosse and boxing programs, the arena is used by all three local high schools. Every day, people come together in this important community space to enjoy activities and events that support health, wellness and an enriched quality of life. I am happy to see the facility getting the care it needs so people can continue making lasting memories.”
- Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook
The Lake District Recreation Association (LDRA) is a non-profit organization and is run by a board of volunteers. The communities served by the LDRA encompass Fall River, Beaver Bank, Lucasville and Sackville.
The arena was built in 1974 with the current bleacher stands added in the mid 1980s. This project is part of an ongoing effort by the Lake District Recreation Association (LDRA) to make the arena safer and more accessible for the community.
The Canada Community Revitalization Fund supports two major streams of activity:
- adapting community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public health guidelines,
- building or improving community spaces to encourage Canadians to re-engage in, and explore their communities and regions.
Application intake for the Canada Community Revitalization Fund is now closed. If you have a pending application, please contact your account manager for more information.
Canada’s regional development agencies are continuing to deliver targeted support for economic recovery. Application intake is open through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for the Jobs and Growth Fund, the Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative, and the Tourism Relief Fund.
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