Province contributes $6 million to Calgary Family Leisure Centre

News Release
September 18, 2008

Major Community Facilities Program to help build new arena
Calgary… The Alberta government has contributed $6 million to the Family Leisure Association of Southeast Calgary to help build a second ice arena at the Calgary Family Leisure Centre.“Supporting Alberta’s world class quality of life is a major priority for my government,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “This new arena will meet the needs of a growing community and provide more opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation.”
Funds provided will help twin the Family Leisure Centre’s current arena, as well as remodel the front entrance for better accessibility, build a new parking area, upgrade the outdoor soccer fields, construct a new family change room and add 7,000 square feet of tenant space in the upper level between the two arenas.

“Being physically active is an essential part of a healthy life,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit. “I am proud of the community spirit shown by the groups and individuals in the Calgary region who have supported this worthwhile project that helps promote strong and safe communities for Calgary families.”

Funds for the facility are provided as part of the provincial government’s Major Community Facilities Program. This two-year, $280-million lottery-funded community investment program helps municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal communities plan, upgrade or build major public-use facilities that enhance community life.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Lisa Shankaruk
Communications
Culture and Community Spirit
780-427-6530
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

Brenda Smith
Calgary Family Leisure Centre
403-225-5556

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