The New Brunswick government announced Thursday an investment of $2.3 million to upgrade track and field facilities near the Eugène LeBlanc Arena in Memramcook, N.B.
In a news release, the province says it is investing $498,000, while the federal government is providing $1.2 million through the Active Transportation Fund.
The Village of Memramcook will contribute more than $602,000.
“Providing rural communities like Memramcook with an opportunity to be more active is part of our government’s priority to build vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman.
“Having adequate infrastructure will also allow the community to organize and host events and competitions in the region, which will help the economy.”
The province said funding will go toward pathway upgrades, improved lighting and drainage, as well as other features to support walking and exercise.
It says it allows residents the opportunity to connect with each other and stay fit.
“Memramcook residents have long enjoyed the pathway behind the Eugène LeBlanc Arena,” said federal Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc.
“This investment will allow for the full rehabilitation of the track, ensuring that this key piece of infrastructure continues to provide residents of all ages a safe and inviting place to walk, run and exercise.”
Memramcook Mayor Maxime Bourgeois said the track and field modernization project will help improve the quality of life of area residents, making the facility safe and reliable.
“The proximity of this infrastructure will help stimulate the local economy, social cohesion and the development of collective initiatives that will allow our community to continue to thrive,” he said.
“The municipality is very grateful to both the provincial and federal governments for this essential funding in the realization of this major project and their commitment to rural areas.”