Town of Oakville seeks federal funding to help aging infrastructure and facilities

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 – for immediate release

Town of Oakville seeks federal funding to help aging infrastructure and facilities

At last night’s meeting, Town Council approved a grant application to the recently announced Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) that could see the town potentially receive $1 million to rehabilitate Joshua’s Creek Arenas, River Oaks Community Centre, Forster and Lakeside parks, and Kinoak Arena.

“Our community’s quality of life is a priority for Council. For this reason, the town is committed to improving its aging infrastructure and facilities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Sites in need of repair and selected for our application are “shovel-ready” and would not otherwise proceed in 2013 without this funding.”

The town projects being submitted in priority sequence are:

Joshua’s Creek Arenas — updating both ice pads and the seating area, as well as making accessibility improvements to the washroom, sink and shower areas.
River Oaks Community Centre — refurbishing the community room and making accessibility improvements to the washrooms, change rooms, main lobby counter, fitness and concession counters, and door openers.
Forster Park — rehabilitating the existing washroom building while increasing accessibility.
Lakeside Park — renovating the existing washroom facility for accessibility in compliance with the building’s heritage attributes.
Kinoak Arena — installing a new chiller, new doors and improving the change rooms, washrooms and seating area.

The CIIF was announced by the Government of Canada on July 5 with approximately $50 million earmarked for Ontario projects. All grant applications must be endorsed by Council and submitted by August 24, 2012. The funds are not intended for new projects and must go towards rehabilitating or improving existing community infrastructure by March 31, 2014.

The town expects to learn in the fall if it qualifies for the funding.

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For more information:

Nina de Vaal
Director, Recreation and Culture
Town of Oakville
905-845-660, ext. 3112
ndevaal@oakville.ca

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Town of Oakville seeks federal funding to help aging infrastructure and facilities