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Province announces $1.2M in financing for renovations

Amherst's multi-million-dollar stadium renovation project has received a $1.2-million boost in the form of provincial funding.

"Without the funding council would have to look at the project and decide what had to be done now and what could wait," town manager Greg Herrett said following Health Promotion Minister Barry Barnet's announcement.

Amherst's multi-million-dollar stadium renovation project has received a $1.2-million boost in the form of provincial funding.

"Without the funding council would have to look at the project and decide what had to be done now and what could wait," town manager Greg Herrett said following Health Promotion Minister Barry Barnet's announcement.

"We'll still have to prioritize things, but this will allow us to do much more and allow us to move forward with the project as we originally envisioned," Herrett said. "Council made the decision there were certain things that needed to be done. This money will allow us to add value rather than just maintaining what we have."

Along with building new washrooms and dressing rooms last year, the town is moving ahead this year with the project's second phase, valued at $1.7 million, that includes a new ice slab, boards and glass as well as electrical and mechanical components. It's also opening tenders today to replace the roof.

Other additions include a new walking track, alterations to the front of the stadium and changes to office space and meeting rooms.

In making the announcement, Barnet said the stadium has been an anchor in the community since 1959.

"As we invest in facilities across the province, it's 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," he said.

Mayor Jerry Hallee welcomed the province's contribution to the project.

"With the assistance of the province, we will be able to complete the stadium's renovations and continue to provide our community with a safe and accessible facility," 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."



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Amherst

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