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Ceremony marking the official reopening of Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex following renovations

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Clarington August 25, 2017/- Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster, members of Council, Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby and Durham MPP Granville Anderson, attended the official reopening of Clarington’s newly-renovated Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. Today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony followed months of renovations and upgrades to the facility. The renovations were completed in time for Canada 150 celebrations on July 1st and were funded in part through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), which supports the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure.

Clarington received Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funding of up to $455,000 for upgrades to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex. The renovations to the facility focused on improving accessibility and functionality, including the construction of an accessible universal washroom; increased accessibility with a new sliding-door entrance and power-door operators for the community hall; a removable accessible stage; and relocation of an accessible customer service desk, as well as an expanded main lobby area, just to name a few.

“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of culture, sport, recreation and leisure for years to come. I am proud to see the Clarington community benefit from this program,” said Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Member of Parliament for Whitby.

“We have a first-class, versatile facility here that transforms to host numerous tournaments, special events, children’s camps and much more,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “These renovations ensure that this facility in Bowmanville, Clarington’s largest urban area, is able to meet the needs of all our residents.”

“The improvements to the accessibility and function of the space will allow us to provide more programs to our residents,” said Joseph Caruana, Director of Community Services.

“In the upcoming fall session, we have already expanded our 55+ Older Adult, our youth and adult programming to the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex and we are excited for the opportunity to continue adding more program options in Bowmanville,” added Director Caruana.

Other facility upgrades include an expanded west lobby to improve flow through the entire facility, updated finishes throughout, and increased storage and energy efficient lighting throughout the complex. The Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex first opened in 1988. It underwent an expansion to add a second ice pad in 1998.


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