Feds and city work together for Elgin Park

Cole Carruthers
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MP for Palliser, Ray Boughen announced the federal government will help with 
funding for new renovations to Elgin Park in the new year.

Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit when you visit Elgin Park next year.

On Thursday, Palliser MP Ray Boughen announced federal funding for upgrades to the playground and future planned paddling pool at the park under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF).

Boughen made the announcement on behalf of Lynne Yelich, MP for Blackstrap and minister of state for western economic diversification.

A more accessible playground structure will be covered federally and municipally. Both governments will invest over $128,000 for the project, the construction of which will begin next spring.

“Our government is committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in our communities,” Boughen said. “By improving community facilities such as Elgin Park, we are helping to boost economic activity and maintain a high quality of life for Canadians.”

The CIIF provides funding for repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure accessible to the public, offering this support on a cost-shared basis. Western Economic Diversification Canada is delivering the fund in the west with an allocation of over $46 million over a two-year period.

“We’re looking to have the project completed by late summer or fall,” director of Moose Jaw Parks and Recreation Jody Hauta told the Times-Herald. “The new spray park will be similar to the ones in place at Crescent and Parkhill parks, with new playground components and, hopefully, more accessible.”

The construction of new infrastructure and repairs to facilities that are primarily for commercial or for-profit activities are ineligible for funding. Facilities must be accessible for use by the public and not limited to a private membership. Another stipulation for the funding is that all projects must be completed by March 31, 2014.

Mayor Deb Higgins was also present at the announcement and said the project adds to the quality of life found in the city.

For more on this article pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, Times-Herald, Western Economic Diversification Canada

Geographic location: Elgin Park, Blackstrap

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