Published: April 26, 2017
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
The Municipality received a boost in its efforts to establish a new suite of recreational facilities last week as the federal government announced funding to a series of local priority projects.
Kenora MP Bob Nault was in the district on Apr. 20 bringing a commitment of more than $120,000 to support the development of a splash pad and an event centre to “further diversify and grow the regional economy.”
“A number of months ago I went to the school and was talking to the young people about what their priorities would be. I have to admit that this one of their priorities,” noted Nault while discussing the $100,000 committed under Canada 150 that will go towards the concrete pad being installed as part of the splash pad in front of the Red Lake Community Centre.
“The splash park gives a different age group the opportunity to be in the same area,” said Deputy Mayor Sandy Middleton during the announcement. “The enhancement of picnic tables, benches and what have you makes it a more family or social environment for everyone involved which is very important in a small community.”
Construction on the project is expected to start at the beginning of May with the official opening being slated for July 1st.
In October municipal staff presented a report to Council noting the total cost of the 2,300 square foot splash pad, seating and recreation centre rehabilitation and playground equipment updates would total $390,937.42. Leaders agreed to move forward on the project while seeking federal and provincial funding partners to make up approximately $250,000 of the project costs.
The further $20,000 will go to pay for the Event Centre Feasibility Study which was received by municipal leaders at their Apr. 18 Regular Council Meeting.