BELLEVILLE, ONT. — The YMCA of Central East Ontario and the Governments of Canada and Ontario are providing over $22.4 million in joint funding for the construction of a multi-purpose sports and recreation facility in Belleville, Ont.
The new YMCA Centre for Life will include two pools, a gymnasium, an exercise studio, a conditioning centre with a focus on youth and senior programing, and locker rooms with universal and family change rooms, indicates a release, adding it will also house social and educational community programming and meeting areas, including spaces for those with physical and mental disabilities.
The federal government is investing more than $8.9 million in the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan, the province is providing more than $7.4 million and the YMCA of Central East Ontario is contributing over $5.9 million.
“The City of Belleville is very pleased to donate the land that will be the home of the new YMCA. We were proud to work with the YMCA on their funding application and thanks to this government funding, we are excited to be welcoming this progressive and inclusive new facility to our community,” said Mitch Panciuk of the City of Belleville in a statement.
“Located at the site of the former Belleville Fairgrounds property, the new conveniently-located YMCA will truly be a space for everyone in Belleville and we look forward to further development in this area in the future.”