KENTVILLE - The federal government is kicking in $100,500 for a skatepark in Kentville.
The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) funding, awarded through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, was announced Oct. 31.
“Recreational amenities like Memorial Park are important for our communities. They serve as gathering places for residents, families and visitors. The addition of a skatepark responds to community demand for recreational infrastructure improvements that raise the quality of life and build vitality in our community,” said Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board, in a press release.
The Government of Canada’s contribution gets the wheels rolling on a project that will see a state-of-the art, concrete skatepark constructed at Memorial Park. The facility has been designed with skateboards, scooters and bikers in mind.
The Town of Kentville, Government of Nova Scotia, Municipality of the County of Kings and Kentville Skatepark Association are also on board to help fund the project, with an additional $550,000 in total coming from these sources.
“This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. And there’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours,” said ACOA Minister Navdeep Bains in a prepared statement.
“That’s how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces.”