The city of Airdrie announced that it was the recipient of the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) grant. The grant totals $750,000 and was given on behalf of Western Economic Diversification Canada.
The CCRF Grant funds will be used towards 2022 projects including the replacement of two pedestrian bridges in Nose Creek Park, an installation of an oil grit separator in the East Lake Stormwater Facility to keep sediment from entering Nose Creek and protecting that waterway, as well as the installation of outdoor lighting at the ice rink in Monklands Park to provide users lighting in the dark winter months. Other projects include pathway repair/replacement work on the east side of QEII between YVB and Veterans Blvd and stormwater vegetation removal in Nose Creek Park to improve creek flow
The grant will cover approximately 45 per cent of the total project costs and the savings will be redirected into Capital Reserves which is the City’s savings account for on-time cost items.
“With this grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada, we are able to fund close to half the cost of improving our well-used park amenities including several in the downtown area,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “Nose Creek is a beloved feature in our downtown and we’re happy to enhance it and other amenities with this grant for everyone to enjoy.”
Improving the Nose Creek area also features prominently in the Downtown Plan which was reviewed by Council at their June 6 meeting. Council gave two readings to the Downtown Plan and it will be passed on to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board for review before coming back to Airdrie Council in September for final reading and approval.
“Outdoor green spaces, recreational facilities, and protecting local environments are vital for the health and well-being of communities across Alberta. They help support local activities connecting residents and visitors alike,” said the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. “Today’s investment will have lasting benefits for the City of Airdrie by improving local infrastructure, ensuring vibrant and accessible spaces for years to come.”
The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) is a two-year, $500 million national infrastructure program to revitalize communities across Canada.
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