For Immediate Release
McGunity Government Invests in Northern Ontario
Community Revitalization Initiative to Enhance Thessalon Arena
THESSALON - The McGuinty government is investing in the redevelopment of Thessalon's arena, Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced today.
"I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in working towards restoring the upper deck of the Thessalon Memorial Community Arena," said Mike Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin. "The completion of the T. G. Fleron Upper Deck will greatly enhance use of the facility for the residents of all of the communities it serves."
The province will contribute $72,814 to help the Town of Thessalon and its partner, the Municipality of Huron Shores, renovate the Thessalon arena and enhance barrier free access for all residents. Upon completion, the arena will be better able to draw sporting teams from other regions, increasing tourism and supporting the local economy. Earlier this year, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund contributed $281,000 towards the project.
"The completed arena will be part of the Town's plan to advance local economic development and tourism," said Dombrowsky. "These enhancements will allow youth and families to participate in sports and recreation and other arena programs."
"Thanks to the support of the provincial government, we can now proceed with renovating our arena," said Mayor Donna Latulippe, Town of Thessalon. "The original upper deck was lost to a fire in 1959, but a new upper deck will realize adequate space for spectators of all sports and recreational activities."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in northern Ontario. Other examples include:
Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training.
Through the RED Program, the province has invested $33.1 million
in 119 projects, representing a total investment of $204.9 million
in rural Ontario, since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners
are building strong rural communities that work better for the people
who live in them.
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