Whit­bourne, Gull Is­land re­ceives play­ground funds

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The com­mu­ni­ties of Whit­bourne and Gull Is­land have each re­ceived$ 15,000 from the prov­ince to go to­wards the pur­chase of new play­ground equip­ment.

The money, which comes from the Cap­i­tal Grant Pro­gram, was ear­marked to go to­wards the pur­chase and in­stal la­tion of equip­ment “ de­signed to be phys­i­cal ly ac­ces­si­ble to all chil­dren,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The com­mu­ni­ties are among some 40 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, recre­ation com­mis­sions, and com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions in New­found­land and Labrador to re­ceive funds through the pro­gram to up­grade recre­ation and sports in­fra­struc­ture.

‘Grow­ing com­mu­nity’

“ Whit­bourne is a grow­ing com­mu­nity and is strate­gi­cally sit­u­ated to ex­pand fur­ther,” said Felix Collins, MHA for Pla­cen­tia-St. Mary’s. “ The pro­vi­sion of recre­ational ser­vices for all chil­dren, through the prov­ince’s recre­ation and sport strat­egy, is an in­te­gral and im­por­tant com­po­nent of that devel­op­ment.”

In Gull Is­land, the fund­ing is go­ing to the Cor­pus Christi Com­mu­nity Spe­cial Projects Com­mit­tee.

“ This fund­ing will be used to as­sist with the con­struc­tion of a new play­ground and recre­ation area,” said Recre­ation Min­is­ter Terry French.

Phys­i­cal and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties

“ Not only will this new in­fra­struc­ture pro­vide the com­mu­nity a safe and en­joy­able play area for chil­dren, and a meet­ing place for all res­i­dents, it will also en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in out­door phys­i­cal and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.”

AddedChar­lene John­son, Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion and MHA for Trin­ity-Bay de Verde: “An in­vest­ment in recre­ational in­fra­struc­ture in our com­mu­ni­ties is an in­vest­ment in our young peo­ple, and I am de­lighted with this fund­ing com­mit­ment. It will also con­trib­ute to the so­cial well-be­ing of all res­i­dents, giv­ing them an­other so­cial and recre­ational out­let.”

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