This financial support, announced Monday by MNA Suzanne Blais on behalf of Isabelle Charest, Minister of Education and the Status of Women, will thus develop or improve baseball fields, ice rinks, skate parks and water games.
“I believe these new infrastructures will greatly improve the quality of life of people living in small municipalities,” Ms Blais said in a press release.
Aid comes from the Small-Scale Sports and Recreation Infrastructure Support Program, which has doubled its envelope to $20 million due to its popularity. It targets municipalities with a population of less than 10,000.
Stage 1 in Landrienne
Supported projects include phase 1 of the renovation of the Serge Savard Multifunctional Center in Landrienne. Estimated at $225,000, this first tier receives $100,000 on top of similar aid from the Gas Tax Program and Quebec Contribution (TECQ) and $25,000 in 100th anniversary holiday surplus. The work consists in restoring the playing surface.
“This is very good news. That’s the main issue for us. The surface has worked over the years so it needs to be completely redone. You have to remove what was there, put back the insulation for the floor and crushed stone, and then redo the concrete surface. Right now, center on the track. “There are places where you have to go all the way to six inches of ice to be in line. It just got very difficult,” says Mayor Guy Baril.
The municipality should update its project and review its cost structure before starting work. These could happen this fall or the fall of 2023. The complete renovation of the Serge Savard Multifunctional Center represents an investment estimated at $1.3 million in 2020.
Water games in La Corne?
According to Mayor Michel Lévesque, La Corne also receives a maximum of $100,000, an amount that could restart the water park project, which is estimated at more than $300,000.
“We hesitated a bit. We’ve talked about it in the legislature a few times. And there, I knew we were going to get $100,000 last week. If we get down to business, we’re going to talk about it again in parliament tomorrow night (Tuesday) to see what the other six members of the council think about it. All of us at first. “We came for this, it was the amount that slowed us down a bit. We gave ourselves time to think, there’s still snow. But it’s going to get people talking there,” says Mayor Michel Lévesque.
The Municipality of La Corne did some work by digging a well last year, with $20,000 financial assistance from the Support Fund to structure projects to improve MRC Abitibi’s quality of life. It also wants to take advantage of this project to expand the Entr’amis park, located at the northern entrance of the village. “We have many projects, money is missing,” says Michel Lévesque.