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Fourteen community rinks across Nova Scotia to get upgrades

By Caitlin Snow Mar 16, 2023 | 12:10 PM

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Fourteen community rinks across Nova Scotia will get much needed upgrades.

The province is investing over $18 million to create more access to sport and recreation.

“Rinks are the heart of our communities,” said Brian Comer, Minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health and MLA for Cape Breton East, on behalf of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage Minister Pat Dunn. “These upgrades will enhance the experience of every player and every family member who enjoys the rink. And it is a fantastic opportunity for more girls and women to play hockey.”

The most notable include over $8 million for the Canada Games Complex at Cape Breton University for a community hockey hub for women and girls, which will be the home to the Cape Breton Blizzards Female Hockey Association and help Mi’kmaw communities access hockey programs.

The Cape Breton County Arena in Sydney will get $4.3 million for a new washroom and changeroom facilities, with energy efficient upgrades; and $1 million for The Colechester Legion Stadium in Truro after it was damaged by Hurricane Fiona.

“Increasing access and equity in sport is a big focus of ours. Giving people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities a chance to be active is critical to building a healthier province. These investments will help rinks across the province provide even more opportunities in their communities, ” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.

The full list:
— Canada Games Complex, Sydney: $8.15 million for rehabilitation to increase access for girls and women in hockey
— Cape Breton County Arena, Sydney: $4.3 million for critical infrastructure upgrades
— Glooscap Rink, Canning: $2 million for structural rehabilitation
— Colchester Legion Stadium, Truro: $1 million for repairs from hurricane Fiona damage
— Sackville Arena, Lower Sackville: $630,000 for bleacher retrofitting
— Chester Arena and Rink, Chester: $500,000 for repairs
— Trenton Rink, Trenton: $300,000 for new seating and upgrades
— St. Francis Xavier University Rink, Antigonish: $300,000 for ice plant
— Shelburne County Arena, Shelburne: $260,000 for roof repairs
— Queens Place Arena, Liverpool: $205,000 for a Zamboni
— Pictou County Wellness Centre, Westville: $200,000 for ice surface and dressing room upgrades
— Antigonish Arena, Antigonish: $160,000 for heating and accessibility upgrades
— Eskasoni Arena, Eskasoni: $150,000 for accessibility improvements
— Bluenose Curling, New Glasgow: $118,000 for upgrades and sprinkler system


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