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New provincial funding announced at Gateway

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A new provincial program is set to help local community centres and non-profit recreational facilities.

In an announcement at Gateway Recreation Centre on May 15, Premier Greg Selinger and Local Government Minister Ron Lemieux unveiled a $7.5-million commitment to such places over a three-year period. The funding comes from Budget 2013 and the Manitoba Building and Renewal Plan. This particular program is only for programs located within Winnipeg. A separate program for rural centres will also be implemented.

"These kinds of investments provide recreation opportunities for families, grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren," said Selinger. "This funding is for capital, for improvements to the facilities themselves."

Both repairs and expansion projects like libraries, pools, splash pads, parks, trails, and rinks will be covered under the program.

Gateway president Andrew Skogen said during the announcement that the province helped with one-third of the costs when the centre’s roof needed to be repaired in 2011. He’s glad there’s more support for his club and those like it.

Skogen explained the club, which hosts approximately a million visitors a year, will consult the community as to what type of expansion it would like the club to pursue before filling out an application.

"We’re going to be undergoing some strategic planning," said Skogen. "We’ll look at where we want to be and what we want to do."

Applications will be accepted beginning May 22. Those looking for applications and more information can visit www.gov.mb.ca/ia

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