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Parry Sound area community centres receive $26 million in government funding

Parry Sound area community centres receive $26 million in government funding

PARRY SOUND, ONT. —A new recreation facility will be constructed in Parry Sound, Ont. and other facilities in the region will undergo expansions and renovations thanks to funding from three levels of government.

The conceptual design of the new facility in Parry Sound features a 25-metre, multi-lane lap pool, a warm water therapy/leisure pool, a gym, fitness and conditioning centre and studio, an indoor walking track, various multipurpose rooms, space for Indigenous programming and inclusive change rooms.

The Government of Canada is investing over $12.7 million for the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $10.6 million, and the seven municipalities in the West Parry Sound area are jointly contributing more than $8.5 million.

In the Municipality of Huron East, the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre will be expanded and renovated to include an enhanced fitness centre, kitchen facilities, auditorium and new dressing rooms that meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements. Work also includes replacing the aging facility roof.

The Government of Canada is investing over $1.9 million, the Government of Ontario is providing over $1.5 million and Huron East is contributing more than $1.2 million.

“With over $12.1 million in combined provincial funding, the West Parry Sound Area Recreation and Culture Centre and the Brussels, Morris and Grey Community Centre are great examples of how we are working to support local communities and residents,” said Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott in a statement. “Recreational infrastructure projects like these are so important to people and families. These facility upgrades allow for inclusive recreation and community events for all to enjoy.”

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