Local rinks benefit from province-wide funding

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - All five-area skating rinks will each be receiving $27,000 as part of province-wide funding initiative to help refurbish Nova Scotia's arenas.
In all, 74 rinks across the province are benefiting from the province's $2-million rink revitalization program, Health Promotion and Protection Minister Barry Barnet announced yesterday.
The one-time investment is to help arenas manage much-needed repairs and improvements.
"With rising operating costs, it's more and more difficult for arenas to manage day-to-day maintenance," Barnet said. "As arenas provide Nova Scotians with opportunities to be physically active, our investment will help these facilities remain sustainable to continue to provide the best service possible to communities."
The rinks will use the funding for repairs and upgrades. Some examples include upgrades to dehumidification systems, repairs to washrooms and dressing rooms, structural repairs and upgrades, ice refrigeration systems maintenance, ceiling maintenance and repair, Zamboni maintenance, improvements to parking areas and other needs.
Eligible arenas were asked to apply on-line for the funding.
"The response to this program has been terrific," said Bill Cruickshank, executive director of the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia. "All of our members appreciate the contribution, and they're certainly going to put it to good use."
Local rinks include: the Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro; Deuville's Rink, Salmon River; Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Brookfield; North Shore Recreation Centre, Tatamagouche and the West Colchester United Arena, Debert. The Parrsboro Arena is also included as a recipient.

Organizations: Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia

Geographic location: TRURO, Nova Scotia, Colchester Salmon River North Shore Tatamagouche

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