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Ontario Investing in Healthy and Active Living in Pelham

Fenwick – The Ontario government is providing close to $46 million to support 186 municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant pressures due to COVID-19, including $489,800 in funding to the Town of Pelham to make important upgrades at Centennial Park in Fenwick.

Funding through the Capital Stream of the Community Building Fund will help the Town of Pelham redevelop a multi-purpose court at the local park into a dedicated basketball and ball hockey court, as well as creating six new pickleball courts. The much-needed sport and recreation facility upgrades meet COVID-19 public health requirements and will help ensure the Town of Pelham can continue to provide programs and services vital to the local community as public health measures to combat the Omicron variant are lifted.

“This investment in Centennial Park is good news for residents of Fenwick and the Town of Pelham,” said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

“As the provincial voice for Niagara West, one of my top priorities is infrastructure that benefits local communities and families.”

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has supported those struggling the most,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

“These capital grants will help municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit organizations make repairs or upgrades needed to their sport and recreation facilities to adapt to the pressures of the pandemic so they can continue to deliver programming critical to the economic and social well-being of communities across the province once their doors reopen.”

In total, the province’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation organizations that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: the Operating Stream and Capital Stream.

“The support from this funding opportunity will have a positive impact for Pelham residents, said Marvin Junkin, Mayor of the Town of Pelham.

“It is encouraging to see these timely investments for improved access to updated and accessible spaces, especially in rural communities. The improvements of the multi-use court will be a welcome addition to Centennial Park, the hub of outdoor recreation in rural Pelham.”

“The pandemic has shown how truly valuable our outdoor recreation spaces are for the overall health and well-being of our communities,” said Diana Huson, Councillor for the Regional Municipality of Niagara

“I would like to thank the Ontario government for this important funding opportunity. It’s a timely investment in Pelham’s recreation assets, which has the potential to improve our quality of life and benefit citizens of all ages for many years to come.”

“Centennial Park continues to be a wonderful location for residents to enjoy outdoor recreation in Pelham,” said Vickie vanRavenswaay, Director of Recreation Culture and Wellness at the Town of Pelham.

“With the upgrades and the exciting addition of pickleball courts, it is encouraging to see more opportunities for residents to be active.”

Since its launch, Ontario has provided 834 Community Building Fund grants to community organizations, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit sport and recreation organizations – enhancing the quality of life for people across the province and supporting local jobs.