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Sunderland Arena project to receive provincial, federal funding

Sunderland Arena project to receive provincial, federal funding


DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

BROCK: The Township of Brock will receive funding for the Sunderland Memorial Arena and Community Centre renovation and expansion project.

On Thursday, April 29th, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott and MP Jamie Schmale announced the funding, which is coming from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Township of Brock is set to receive $2,992,000 in federal funding and $2,493,084 in provincial funding for this project.

“When completed, the expansion will include six new dressing rooms, a community room, and storage [room] for the Zamboni,” MPP Scott explained. “Other improvements include expanding the ice surface, re-configuring seating [and] renovating the lobby; auditorium and existing dressing rooms. These upgrades will improve the centre’s accessibility, and allow residents to stay fit and healthy for years to come.”

Brock Township Mayor John Grant was happy to accept the funding on behalf of the township.

“On behalf of the residents of Brock Township, we are very excited that our grant submission for the Sunderland Arena was selected. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Federal and Provincial Governments for this wonderful opportunity. We also want to extend special thanks to the Sunderland Lions for their work and financial commitment to this project, and we recognize the exceptional commitment and dedication of this amazing group to this project. I know our late Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden was the key driving force behind this application, and I know she would have been very pleased to see this happen.”

MP Schmale was excited about the local arena expansion project, “As a former hockey referee, I remember many days getting dressed in the maintenance closet, so I’m hoping for better days ahead on that one.

Great news all around, and we finally got there (having the application approved).”

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