Twenty-five rinks in need of upgrades and repairs are receiving more than $1 million through the 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.

Quotes:

We are incredibly pleased to receive funding from the provincial Rink Revitalization Fund. 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. Thank you to the Province of Nova Scotia and our local stakeholders for supporting our vision for sustainable operations! Matt Moore, General Manager, Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Quick Facts:

  • the total amount of funding for the 25 projects is $1,029,844
  • this is the second round of projects to receive money through the fund, which was introduced in 2021
  • the types of initiatives receiving funding include purchasing a score clock, installing accessible entrance doors, upgrading refrigeration, repairing a foundation and replacing rink board glass

Additional Resources:

A list of the projects receiving funding in 2022-23 is available at: https://cch.novascotia.ca/recreation-facility-development-grant

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