George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure, and Communities announced that 17,452,729 million coming from the Green and Inclusive Community Building Program, would be put into the funding of renovating the WinSport Day Lodge in Calgary.
"With this renovation, WinSport can continue to support the hundreds of thousands of community members, athletes and guests who visit the park each year, preserving the day lodge as a vital community gathering place for generations to come. This project will renovate, revitalize and expand the 35-year-old day lodge, adding modern energy efficiency and important accessibility elements to the design," said Barry Heck, WinSport CEO and President.
"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting infrastructure projects that improve the places where we live and gather, making them greener and more accessible to all those who visit. With this federal support, Calgarians and visitors from around the world will benefit from the newly renovated WinSport Day Lodge for decades to come," said MP Chahal.
This upcoming funding will revamp the WinSport user experience, carrying on a tradition of community engagement and physical activity that the 1988 Winter Olympics legacy facility has left behind. The reno’s will include four major components, barrier-free movement between the parking lot, day lodge and recreation facilities; improved internal circulation, communication and signage, and accessible routes inside the building; an expansion and reconfiguration to optimize the size and location of guest service facilities, public use space, and sport services facilities; and reducing and optimizing the building's long-term environmental impact by transitioning the building to a net-zero facility.
"As a three-time Paralympian with cerebral palsy, I learned to ski at Canada Olympic Park at the age of six. Revitalizing the day lodge to be more inclusive and accessible removes so many barriers for those who thought sport and recreation wasn't possible," said Paralympic skier Alana Ramsay.
The Funding will be provided by The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program which is a program apart of Canada's Strengthened Climate Plan, providing $1.5 billion over five years towards green and accessible retrofits. As well as upgrading public community buildings and making a new publicly-accessible building that serves high-needs in underserved communities across Canada.
10 per cent of the funding will be allocated to projects serving First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities, including indigenous in urban areas.
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