Governments invest $22.5M in Caraquet rec centre

Municipal, provincial and federal governments announced Friday a joint investment of $22.5 million to build the Regional Generations Centre in Caraquet, N.B.

Officials say the project will replace three aging recreation buildings and will include an indoor NHL-sized arena with 600 seats, a multi-lane walking track, changing rooms and a canteen.

The province is investing more than $5.1 million, Ottawa is investing $11.9 million and the Town of Caraquet is contributing more than $5.4 million.

Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, said in a news release the centre will allow residents access to high-quality recreational infrastructure.

“The community has been talking about this project for a long time – and we are proud to be a part of making it happen,” he said.

Caraquet Mayor Bernard Thériault thanked current and past town councils who believed in this project, as well as the federal and provincial governments for their financial support.

“We are delighted to be able to build this kind of infrastructure, which will contribute to the well-being of the entire population,” he said.

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