Funding of $1.8 million announced for new Mount Pearl gymnastics facility

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The provincial government, the City of Mount Pearl and Campia Gymnastics are contributing toward a $1.8 million fund for the construction of a new gymnastics facility in Mount Pearl.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale made the announcement this morning at Mount Pearl City Council chambers.

“As a government, we have a strong record of supporting the development of world-class recreational facilities throughout our province,” Dunderdale said.

“These types of investments enhance the vibrancy of our communities and help improve the health and wellness of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. This new facility will support the training of hundreds of athletes year-round and will provide opportunities for Mount Pearl to play host to regional and provincial events.”

The new facility is being funded through $1 million cost-shared, with the provincial government providing 70 per cent and the City of Mount Pearl covering 30 per cent. Campia Gymnastics is providing the remaining funds.

Construction on the new facility is expected to get underway in the next year, and should be completed by 2015.

“This is a great day for the City of Mount Pearl and our athletes, and I thank the provincial government for providing funding and community volunteers for their work to date which is making this project a reality,” said Randy Simms, Mayor of Mount Pearl.

The facility will boast 10,000 square feet of floor space, tumbling and trampoline pits, viewing areas and office space.

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Funding announcement for new rec centre for Mount Pearl

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and an entourage of government members are in Mount Pearl this morning to announce funding for a new recreational centre.

The announcement is taking place at the council chambers of Mount Pearl City Hall.

Details will be available on The Telegram website shortly after the announcement.

 

 

Organizations: The Telegram

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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  • david
    November 04, 2013 - 13:34

    This government is quite adept at "gymnastics" already....that's how it can announce money for BS like this while simultaneously shutting the door on a potentially major economic driver like oil exploration....based on nothing but protests from the (quite literally) completely ignorant . A few votes bought...check. 'World class' idiocy.....check.

  • Paul
    November 04, 2013 - 12:43

    sounds wonderful! but if the Government has $700,000 to put in a sports and recreation facility, what happened to the budget crunch that required them to throw hundreds of civil servants out of work? jobs or recreation...which is more important?

  • McRocket
    November 04, 2013 - 12:29

    Hey, Kathy Dunderdale? Why not balance the friggin' budget before you finance facilities that we do not need and the VAST majority of Newfs will never use?

  • Dave
    November 04, 2013 - 12:15

    This is wonderful news. Will this facility be built on the same site as the old one or a new location?

  • Cashin Delaney
    November 04, 2013 - 12:12

    This is a great legacy project to attach oneself to. The Spartans mandated gymnastics after 5 years old. I'd like to see mount pearl shake 300000 out of their industries, and prov gov to do the same with our major employers of the end users moms and dads. It is a great project though, I applaud campia for its efforts and hope they will not be hindered by too much gov checks, and not enough balance. Build it and they might come, is not a popular meme in the glow of muskrat falls, however, in this case, this seems like a safe investment in the future that no mink farm could ever rival.

  • Thomas
    November 04, 2013 - 11:10

    Obviously stompin tom does not understand that the mere pittance of 1.8 million to get kids active at a young age will save multi millions in health care costs down the road. nothing to do with popularity. The gov't is obligated to fund such facilities

  • Stompin' Tom
    November 04, 2013 - 10:36

    So, she is trying to buy her way into popularity by spending dollars we apparently do not have anymore. Reminds of Stompin' Tom's song for the shoe Marketplace: "Yes we are the people, goin' through the race, buyin' up the bargains in the old marketplace. Another sale on somethin' we'll buy it while its hot - and SAVE a lot of money SPENDIN' MONEY WE DON'T GOT.