HARTLAND (GNB)— The federal, provincial and municipal governments announced funding today to build the Central Carleton Community Complex in Hartland.

“This an important project for the residents of Hartland and of the entire region,” said Public Safety Minister Bill Hogan. “This project is the culmination of a lot of hard work and tremendous support from area residents, the private sector and all three levels of government.”

Hogan spoke on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

The complex, which will be built behind the existing arena, will include an ice surface, a walking track, an exercise room, and dressing rooms as well as storage space for recreational and programming materials.

“Whether it be for a hockey game or for a few laps around the walking track with a friend, sports and recreation infrastructure enables community members to get together, socialize and have fun,” said Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin. “These spaces bring us closer and lead to a healthier, more resilient community. The new Central Carleton Community Complex will be a place for residents of all ages to connect with one another and stay active for generations to come.”

Atwin attended for federal Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

The federal government is investing $3.6 million in the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The provincial government is providing over $2.9 million while the Town of Hartland is contributing the balance of more than $2.4 million.

“The Central Carleton Community Complex will be a cornerstone of our new community for current and future generations to enjoy for decades to come,” said Hartland Mayor Tracey DeMerchant. “We are ecstatic to tell our residents that it is now official; after years of planning, we are starting to build our new complex this spring. We thank everyone who helped us get here, from leaders in the federal and provincial governments, to the dedicated members of our complex committee, to our extraordinary local supporters and donors.”