On August 25th, 2011 the sod was officially turned for the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. This Centre will be a year round sport, recreational and cultural facility. It will include a NHL size ice pad, an aquatic centre accommodating leisure and competitive uses, a therapy pool, a public library and other multi purpose spaces, including administrative offices, community and cultural spaces and areas capable of hosting meetings, high tech training sessions, exercise classes, senior citizens' functions and much more.
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Town of Bridgewater have been working cooperatively together to see this project realized. Mayor Don Downe is happy to see this project break ground and stated, "This project is a huge catalyst for our economy as well as the social and physical well being for all of Lunenburg County. It is an investment in Lunenburg County's present and future. The ground breaking is one of the major milestones in this project. It took a long time to get here, but with both Councils' hard work, determination, and co-operation, it will happen."
The total project cost is estimated at $33.4 million, with the Government of Canada contributing up to one third of the eligible costs to a maximum of $10.35 million from the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. Nova Scotia, through the Department of Health and Wellness Physical Activity, Sport & Recreation, is contributing $10 million, with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg and the Town of Bridgewater contributing $8.85 million of which the Municipality's contribution is $3.8 million. The remainder of the funds are being sourced through other grants, foundations and community fund raising.
Visit the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for more information.