Sports and recreational facilities in the municipalities of Ormstown, Sainte-Barbe, and Saint-Chrysostome will soon be upgraded following investments totalling over $360,000 by the federal and provincial governments in local infrastructure.
In a joint press release issued June 4, the governments of Quebec and Canada confirmed support for close to 200 projects across the province. The money comes through the community, culture and recreation infrastructure stream of the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, as well as the provincial Programme d’aide financière aux infrastructures récréatives et sportives.
The municipality of Ormstown will receive over $112,000 to build a multi-sport playing surface, while Sainte-Barbe will see an injection of almost $150,000 for improvements to sports and recreation facilities; Saint-Chrysostome can now count on nearly $100,000 for renovations to its infrastructure.
“I am delighted,” says Huntingdon MNA Claire IsaBelle, who says these new facilities will no doubt encourage more citizens to enjoy an active and healthier lifestyle.
Ormstown mayor Jacques Lapierre expressed his appreciation for the financial boost to the building of planned multi-sport playing surfaces. “This will benefit our entire community,” he said, noting how a growing municipality such as Ormstown needs to invest in accessible infrastructure for the community.
The funds allocated to Sainte-Barbe will be used to improve the municipal tennis courts and softball field, while allowing for the construction of a playground module for children at Riverain Park. “An active and healthy municipality is our goal,” said Sainte-Barbe mayor Louise Lebrun.
The sentiment was echoed by Saint-Chrysostome mayor Gilles Dagenais, who says his municipality believes in a healthy community. (SR)