Two ball fields in the Fredericton area will get significant upgrades after three levels of government announced Tuesday an investment of nearly $700,000.
The Government of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton will each provide $250,000 for the project, while Ottawa will contribute $199,500 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
In a news release, the province says the funds are allocated for upgrades at the Johnson and Tingley ball fields.
“Our residents flourish when they have facilities that promote physical activity and provide access to recreational programs,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green.
“These fields have been well-used over the years, and it is exciting to see them being upgraded for the future and for better accessibility.”
Government says the money can help the City of Fredericton purchase and install energy-efficient LED lights and accessible bleachers.
“Updating and improving shared outdoor spaces contributes to the vitality of our communities,” said Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin in a news release.
“Today’s investment in the ball fields on Fredericton’s north side will enhance existing public infrastructure, improve local events and bring positive economic benefits to the region.”
Fredericton Mayor Kate Rogers said the installation of new lighting was a recommendation of the city’s Ball Field Study and extends the usage of the two ball fields, increasing access to the sport.
“The City of Fredericton thanks the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick for their contribution towards the lighting of the Johnston and Tingley ball fields, as well as new accessible bleachers,” she said.