ROTHESAY (GNB) – The provincial government invested $150,000 in a park infrastructure improvement project in Rothesay to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The project involved the construction of a picnic and viewing centre at East Riverside-Kingshurst Park and the creation of electronic community notice boards.

“Daily recreational and physical activities can improve everyone’s social, emotional and physical well-being,” said Saint John Harbour MLA Ed Doherty. “The park is a gathering place for both locals and tourists and features trails that everyone can enjoy. Notice boards will help keep residents informed of community events and of services that are available.”

Doherty attended for Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

“The Town of Rothesay is very pleased to have received funding from the New Brunswick Program for Municipal Development, in Commemoration of Canada 150,” said Mayor Nancy Grant. “Enhancements at East Riverside-Kingshurst Park will promote social interaction among residents and will benefit people of all ages. Our Age-Friendly Committee requested the addition of electronic notice boards, and we are pleased that this Canada 150 funding is allowing us to take this step towards becoming an Age-Friendly Community.

“The notice boards, which were installed at three locations in the town, will help residents, particularly seniors, be fully informed about services and events in the town.”

The town contributed $2,000 to the project.

Funding was provided under the Program for Municipal Development to Commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary. In January 2017, municipalities with populations of more than 4,000 and less than 25,000 were eligible to apply for funding of up to $150,000 for beautification projects to contribute to a vibrant and attractive downtown and to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.