Fund­ing for sum­mer games in­fra­struc­ture

Over $800,000 ear­marked; Car­bon­ear track to be resur­faced

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Some $880,000 was an­nounced May 4 to up­grade in­fra­struc­ture for the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games be­ing held in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace in Au­gust.

The Town of Har­bour Grace will re­ceive $211,220 in cost-shared fund­ing through the 2012 Mu­nic­i­pal Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram to up­grade and re­pair sports fa­cil­i­ties for the games. The fa­cil­i­ties in­clude St. Fran­cis Soc­cer Field, St. Fran­cis Field Club House, Moriarity Park Ball­fields, Moriarity Park Club House, Aero Ten­nis Courts, Aero Club House, and the S.W. Moores Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

The Town of Car­bon­ear wil l re­ceive $202,980 in cost-shared fund­ing through the 2012-14 Multi-year Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram. Fund­ing will

be used to carry out im­prove­ments to track and field fa­cil­i­ties, soft­ball fields, ten­nis courts and park­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions.

An ad­di­tional $462,030 in cost­shared fund­ing from the same pro­gram will be used to resur­face the rub­ber­ized track in Car­bon­ear.

“We are pleased to in­vest in the nec­es­sary up­grades to sports fa­cil­i­ties for the towns of Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace to sup­port the towns in host­ing the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games.” said Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’brien.

The towns were pro­vided $200,000 in April 2011 to as­sist with the op­er­at­ing costs as­so­ci­ated with co-host­ing the games. In ad­di­tion to this fund­ing, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will cover travel and trans­porta­tion costs for all of the ath­letes, coaches, of­fi­cials and man­agers, at the cost of ap­prox­i­mately $150,000.

The New­found­land and Labrador Games Pro­gram is de­signed to en­cour­age stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate in sport.

Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace pre­vi­ously hosted the New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games in 1992, mak­ing this year the 20th an­niver­sary of pre­vi­ously host­ing the games. The games of­fi­cially take place from Au­gust 18 to 25.

“These in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments are sig­nif­i­cant. The im­proved fa­cil­i­ties will be part of the games legacy and will be there for the en­joy­ment of res­i­dents of the area, es­pe­cially our youth, for years to come,” said Car­bon­earHar­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy.

The host com­mit­tee is pleased with the in­vest­ments.

“The fa­cil­i­ties in our two com­mu­ni­ties will be state-of-the-art as a re­sult of this in­vest­ment by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment,” said Mil­ton Peach, co-chair of the host com­mit­tee.. “The youth of our area and those com­pet­ing here from all over the prov­ince will ben­e­fit from these im­prove­ments.”

The New­found­land and Labrador Games pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 1976 and is held ev­ery two years, al­ter­nat­ing win­ter and sum­mer games.

Ath­letes from all ar­eas of the prov­ince, aged 11-18, com­pete in a range of sports se­lected by the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Re­cre­ation in con­junc­tion with pro­vin­cial sports or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Of­fi­cials were in Car­bon­ear late last week for the an­nounce­ment of over $800,000 to go to­wards in­fra­struc­ture for the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games be­ing co-hosted by Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace. In this photo, from left, Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade, Car­bon­ear-har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy, Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Der­rick Dal­ley, Sum­mer Games co-chair Mil­ton Peach, Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs and Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Kevin O’brien walk off the track at the Car­bon­ear Re­cre­ation Com­plex, one of the fa­cil­i­ties that will ben­e­fit from the in­fu­sion of money.

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