Authorities of Canada invests in outside neighborhood sport and recreation infrastructure throughout Calgary

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Today, Adam von KoeverdenParliamentary Secretary to the Secretary of Health and Secretary of Sport, on behalf of the Honorable Daniel Vandal, Secretary of State for PrairiesCan, announced a federal investment of more than $720,000 for four municipal revitalization projects across the city Calgary. The investments will provide residents and visitors of all ages and abilities with better access to sports and recreational facilities.

The federally funded projects include:

  • Alberta Urban Athletics Association welcomes $78,000 to develop an outdoor gym McHugh Bluff.
  • That City of Calgary receives $75,000 to expand and revitalize four outdoor basketball courts located in Calgary’s Saddle Ridge, Coventry Hills and McKenzie Lake communities.
  • Hawkwood Community Association receives $85,612 Create a year-round outdoor fitness center with a multi-purpose paved ice rink, ice skating rink, basketball courts, pickleball tennis courts, indoor play area and trails.
  • Vivo for Healthier Generations Society $490,000 to create a new courtyard and outdoor space and to improve the accessibility of the recreation center in Calgary.

The combined federal investment of $728,612 aims to help create or maintain 15 jobs, improve access to recreational spaces for residents and visitors, and support investment incentives and business activities.

The government of alberta is a key partner in supporting the revitalization of leisure facilities in Calgary by providing almost 1 million dollars improve three of these community-centric organizations: Alberta Urban Athletics Association ($35,000)Vivo for Healthier Generations Society (near by $150,000) and Hawkwood Community Association ($771,000).

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“Our government is investing here in albertato improve accessibility of community spaces, create green infrastructure and improve people’s quality of life through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. Today’s investment to expand recreational spaces in Calgary will ensure residents of all ages and abilities can benefit from accessible outdoor activities in their community.”
– The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister in charge of PrairiesCan

“Recreational infrastructure is critical to strong, vibrant communities. Whether it’s having fun with friends or working to achieve a personal goal, exercise plays a key role in maintaining our well-being and healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is critical to our physical and mental well-being, and public infrastructure like this also improves our social and community health!Today’s investment supports and provides greater access for Calgarians to participate in sports and physical activity while empowering it Calgary’s Reputation as a world-class city to live, work and play.”
– Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport

“Calgarians know the benefits of getting outside and engaging in recreational activities any time of the year. I am proud that our government is investing in community-led recreation projects that lay the foundation for strong recovery while creating enduring amenities for generations to come.”
George ChahalMember of Parliament for Calgary Skyview

“Being able to go out and play is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental health. That’s why Alberta Government also provides nearly 1 million dollars to nonprofit community organizations to build and improve outdoor recreation facilities. I would like to thank all funding partners for their contributions. Together we help Albertans with their overall well-being and contribute to vibrant, healthy communities for generations to come.”
Ron OrrMinister of Culture, Government of alberta

“Healthy neighborhoods need quality spaces where people can be active year-round. Supporting the health and well-being of Calgarian residents requires investment in recreational infrastructure from all levels of government. Today’s announcement is welcome news as these projects bring much-needed sports and healthy life opportunities to all.”
Jyoti GondekMayor, City of Calgary

“If the pandemic has taught us anything it is the vital importance of good health and the value of connecting with our community and with nature. By ensuring Calgarians of all abilities can easily access Vivo and enhancing our outdoor spaces, this investment will create a deep-rooted legacy of healthier generations in our city.”
Cynthia WatsonChief Evolution Officer, Vivo for Healthier Generations

“AUAA is excited to partner with PrairiesCan on the development of an outdoor fitness park in Calgary’s McHugh Bluff Park. Since this fitness park is open to the public, the site will be designed to benefit all residents and visitors Calgary, can use this facility regardless of their fitness level. Everyone is welcome to use this facility and enjoy their own unique fitness experience.”
Pete HamiltonPresident, Alberta Urban Athletics Association

“Communities like Hawkwood benefit greatly from having an outdoor space where residents of all ages and cultures can gather and enjoy physical activity. The community coming together has been nothing short of awesome, especially after a tough few years. This investment in our community will continue to reap rewards for our mental and physical health for many years to come.”
Kevin NewmanPresident of the Hawkwood Community Association

Fast Facts

  • The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) helps communities everywhere Canada Build and improve community infrastructure to allow them to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • With a national allotment of 500 million dollars The purpose of the fund is to support non-profit organizations, municipalities and other public bodies and indigenous communities on the path to economic recovery over a two-year period.
  • Projects supported by the fund focus on the revitalization of downtown cores and high streets; reinvent outdoor spaces; creating a green infrastructure; and improving the accessibility of common spaces.
  • PrairiesCan manages the fund in alberta.

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SOURCE Prairies Economic Development Canada

For more information: Kyle Allen, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister for Northern Affairs, Minister in charge of Prairies Economic Development Canada and Minister in charge of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, [email protected]; Rohit Sandhu, Communications Manager, Prairies Economic Development Canada, [email protected]