Amherst gets $1.2 million for stadium

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Amherst gets $1.2 million for stadium

AMHERST Amhersts multi-million-dollar stadium project received a $1.2-million boost early Monday in the form of funding from the provincial government.

The funding is part of the $50 million the province is investing in sport and recreation facilities over the next 10 years.

Since 1959, this stadium has been the anchor for all community sport and recreational activities, Health Promotion Minister Barry Barnet said. As we invest in facilities across the province, its important to find ways we can utilize and improve what we already have. This arena means a lot to the people of Amherst, and we are proud to help give it a new life.

The town is presently in the second phase of a three-phase project that includes a new roof, replacing the ice slab, upgrading electrical and mechanical components and expanding the front part of the building.

The second phase of the project includes a new ice slab that will take the ice surface closer to an NHL standard along with new boards and glass. Last years first phase included new dressing rooms and washrooms. The town is also considering replacing the roof this year.

With the assistance of the province, we will be able to complete the stadiums renovations and continue to provide our community with a safe and accessible facility, Mayor Jerry Hallee said. The improved ice surface, walking track and overall renovations will provide an improved environment for social interaction and will foster healthy lifestyles for years to come.

While in town, Barnet also announced $217,500 for seven projects in the Fundy region including $27,000 for Oxford to make capital improvements to the Lions Arena.

Organizations: NHL

Geographic location: Amherst, Oxford

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