Twenty-five rinks in need of upgrades and repairs in Nova Scotia are receiving more than $1 million through province’s Rink Revitalization Fund.
“Rinks support community health and well-being, and provide invaluable contributions to local economies, especially in our rural towns,” said Dave Ritcey, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, on behalf of Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “By investing in rinks, we are creating local jobs, encouraging active lifestyles and promoting our province’s social and cultural identity.”
The Rink Revitalization Fund helps community groups, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations invest in infrastructure to support the sustainability of their facilities. Rinks include curling clubs, arenas and permanent seasonal outdoor rinks that are open to the public.
For example, the Central Nova Scotia Civic Centre Society received $122,000 to upgrade the Zamboni and score clock at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.
“We are incredibly pleased to receive funding from the provincial Rink Revitalization Fund,” said Matt Moore, general manager, Rath Eastlink Community Centre. “The addition of a new centre-ice video jumbotron will enable us to elevate the fan experience and attract a broader range of national and international events to the region. Also, through this fund, the Rath Eastlink Community Centre will continue to prioritize our venue’s commitment to environmental sustainability with the acquisition of an electric-powered Zamboni.”
Featured image: Dave Ritcey, MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River, and Matt Moore, General Manager of the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (Communications Nova Scotia)