October 6, 2020, Liverpool, NS: More residents in Queens County will soon have access to recreational facilities at very little cost.
Region of Queens Municipality today announced the launch of its new #RecreationForAll initiative that will see increased access to municipal recreational facilities by lessening the financial burden on residents who may require assistance.
At the launch event at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool, Queen County, Mayor David Dagley thanked Tim Potter of Dexter Construction for their initial sponsorship that paved the way for other businesses, community organizations, and individuals to step up supporting the program. The program will now begin to accept public donations to ensure the program is sustainable for many years to come.
As part of Dexter Construction’s sponsorship, the first recipients of memberships to Queens Place Emera Centre will be all Special Olympians in Queens County that are training for competitions. Mike Greek, President and CEO of Special Olympics NS was on hand to hear the news, “Our athletes were training hard for provincial, national, and international events until COVID-19 hit and now that we are able to start training again, today’s funding announcement lessens the burden on our athletes by removing the financial barriers to training so they can focus solely on being the best athlete they want to be physically, mentally, and socially.”
Dexter Construction Company Ltd., the construction arm of the Municipal Group of Companies, has a long history of support for physical activity in Queens County. The company was a major contributor to Queens Place Emera Centre, nearly 10 years ago.
In addition to Dexter Construction, other corporate and private donors like Bell Aliant are funding the program which now has the resources to immediately provide access to over 100 people to Queens Place Emera Centre.
“Council recognized that while there are programs in place to support children and youth registered in organized sports programs, there was nothing in place for adults or youths to assist them in accessing municipal recreation facilities to help them be more physically active, while improving their mental and social well-being” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality.
Council approved its Recreation for All policy in March of this year and covers Queens Place Emera Centre, North Queens Aquatic Centre, and Milton Centennial Pool.
Applications for support under the Recreation for All program are now available at Queens Place Emera Centre, municipal office, and on our website. More information about the application process can be found online: https://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants
Businesses, community groups, and individuals interested in contributing to the program can now complete a donor form available online at https://www.regionofqueens.com/municipal-services/recreation/grants-services/grants or pick one up at Queens Place Emera Centre or the municipal office. Charitable receipts are issued for donations.