MEMRAMCOOK (GNB) – An investment of $2.3 million was announced by three levels of government today for upgrades to track and field facilities next to the Eugène LeBlanc Arena in Memramcook.

“Providing rural communities like Memramcook with an opportunity to be more active is part of our government’s priority to build vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation. “Having adequate infrastructure will also allow the community to organize and host events and competitions in the region, which will help the economy.”

Funding will go toward pathway upgrades, improved lighting and drainage, and other features to support walking and exercise, allowing residents the opportunity to connect with each other and stay fit.

“Memramcook residents have long enjoyed the pathway behind the Eugène LeBlanc Arena,” said federal Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Dominic LeBlanc. “This investment will allow for the full rehabilitation of the track, ensuring that this key piece of infrastructure continues to provide residents of all ages a safe and inviting place to walk, run and exercise.”

The provincial government is investing $498,000 in this project while the federal government is providing $1.2 million through the Active Transportation Fund. The Village of Memramcook is contributing more than $602,000.

“This track and field modernization project will help improve the quality of life of our residents, by making this facility safe and reliable for physical activity in a community setting,” said Memramcook Mayor Maxime Bourgeois. “The proximity of this infrastructure will help stimulate the local economy, social cohesion and the development of collective initiatives that will allow our community to continue to thrive.  The municipality is very grateful to both the provincial and federal governments for this essential funding in the realization of this major project and their commitment to rural areas.”