Governments fund upgrades to arena, trail, park in Oromocto

Representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal governments were in Oromocto on Tuesday to announce funding for infrastructure upgrades.

New Brunswick is providing $59,716 to repair and upgrade the roof at the Kings Arrow Arena, increase the accessibility of Gateway Wetland Trail, and add a disc golf course to Deer Park.

The federal government, meanwhile, is contributing $99,543 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Officials say the funding will also go towards improving signage at the town’s Visitor Information Centre.

Oromocto Mayor Robert Powell said the town is pleased with its ACOA partnership, which, he says, allows them to enhance a number of existing facilities for residents and visitors.

“This program has enabled the town to specifically enhance its accessibility to the Gateway wetlands for those with mobility issues and create an interpretive centre where visitors can learn more about the natural and cultural aspects of our community,” he said.

“In addition, safety upgrades to the King’s Arrow Arena have been made possible and the town has been able to develop a disc-golf course at Deer Park.”

Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin said updating and improving recreational infrastructure contributes to the “vitality and vibrancy” of communities. Atwin grew up in Oromocto and is Powell’s daughter.

“Today’s investment in the Town of Oromocto will encourage residents and tourists to fully engage in what this community has to offer,” she said, speaking on behalf of ACOA minister Gudie Hutchings.

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