The provincial, federal, and municipal governments today announced a combined investment of more than $67 million to support the construction of a new wellness multiplex in Miramichi.
“This is great day for the City of Miramichi and the entire region,” said Réjean Savoie, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “As our province continues to grow, so does the demand for improved recreational infrastructure and the City of Miramichi identified this as a priority for growth. The province is pleased to be a major funding partner in the new wellness multiplex. It will promote an active and healthy lifestyle for residents, while at the same time generating additional economic activity for the region.”
The new complex will replace six aging and deteriorating recreation facilities within the community. The multiplex will feature a six-lane, 25-metre pool and a separate leisure pool, an 1,800-seat arena, an indoor walking track, a gymnasium, and a multi-use community space including a kitchen.
“By strengthening community bonds, we strengthen a community’s collective wellness. That is exactly what this new multiplex will do by giving Miramichi residents of all ages a place to gather, play their favourite sport and socialize,” said federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, Dominic LeBlanc. “Working with our partners, we will continue to deliver community infrastructure projects which improve the daily lives of New Brunswickers and Canadians across the country.”
The provincial government is investing $12 million in the project, the federal government is investing $18 million and the City of Miramichi is contributing more than $37 million.
“After over 10 years in the making, today Miramichi can finally move forward with the construction of a new centralized recreation facility that will ensure our community and the next generation of Miramichiers will have access to quality recreation opportunities right here at home,” said Mayor Adam Lordon. “This is a significant moment in building our future and we thank the federal and provincial governments for their contributions.”
The replacement of aging recreation facilities will result in a 20 per cent operating cost reduction and a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Source : GNB