MP Peter Kent and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua welcome funding
The Honourable Peter Kent, Thornhill’s MP, issued the following announcement today regarding federal investment in the City of Vaughan through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, (CIP).
On behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) MP Kent announced that the Harper Government has approved a total of $261 thousand dollars in (CIP) funding for 3 projects in Vaughan with total project costs of $791 thousand dollars.
The three projects are:
Renovation of the Dufferin Clark Community Centre: The project will reconfigure the preschool area into two rooms with an accessible washroom and Customer Service Desk renovation accessible to patrons in wheelchairs. This area of the Community Centre is no longer meeting the needs of the current user groups who require the upgrades for accessibility and better utilization of space.
Rehabilitation of the Oak Bank Pond Boardwalk on Centre Street west of Yonge:
The project includes replacement of the existing boardwalk, improvements to the lookout structure and associated site furnishings and landscape improvements to address safety concerns and to increase us of the park. Fluctuating water levels in recent years have degraded the boardwalk. The structure also requires an accessible route to the viewing deck. The deck, bridge and surrounding landscape need repair resulting from damage caused by the 2014 ice storm.
Improvement of the Playground precinct at North Thornhill District Park:
The project upgrade to the existing park with installation of a new shade structure, furnishings and landscape improvements to meet the needs of patrons of this highly used District Park. The North Thornhill District Park improvements will provide the necessary upgrades required to meet the high demand experience at this facility. There are increased concerns about sun intensity and the need for shading in play areas for children that will be addressed by these works.
This announcement is one of many projects approved through the (CIP) that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of “giving back” to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.
The Honourable Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of Vaughan, said "On behalf of the City of Vaughan I would like to express gratitude to the Government of Canada for supporting projects in our city that help maintain the quality of life our residents have come to appreciate. Today we are highlighting three initiatives including renovations to Dufferin Clark Community Centre, the rehabilitation of Oak Bond Pond and playground improvements at North Thornhill Park. In addition to modernizing the facilities, the renovations have improved accessibility, making it easier and more enjoyable for everyone to take advantage of the improved amenities".
The Honourable Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill said, “These three project will generate jobs during the design and construction phase, will provide essential community services for generations to come and will be worthy legacies of the Canadian Sesquicentennial.