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Member of Parliament Laurie Hawn Highlights Progress on Queen Elizabeth Pool Construction

August 29, 2010
Edmonton, Alberta

Today, Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, visited the construction site of the new Queen Elizabeth Pool and highlighted the impact of Canada’s Economic Action Plan on recreational infrastructure in Alberta communities.  He joined other members of our Government taking part in similar events across the country to celebrate the completion of community recreational construction projects, all of which were funded under our Government’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program.

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, our Government is proud to have supported projects that are creating immediate jobs and enhancing vital recreational infrastructure in communities throughout Alberta,” said MP Hawn.

The redevelopment and construction of the Queen Elizabeth Pool received federal funding of $1 million through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program under Canada’s Economic Action Plan.

"The contribution by the federal government, on top of the City of Edmonton's $5.1 million investment and generous contributions from other sources, has allowed us to add more amenities to the Queen Elizabeth Pool," said Rob Smyth, Community Facility Services Manager for the City of Edmonton's Community Services Department. "Recreation facilities encourage our citizens to have active lifestyles and help make Edmonton a great place to live."

The RInC investment is supporting the construction of a six-lane pool that will accommodate diving and other activities. Additional features include easy and accessible entry for children and seniors, diving boards, a spray park and picnic area, and mechanical and filtration systems. The redeveloped pool is expected to open to the public in the summer of 2011.

We are pleased and excited to see the project moving towards completion,” said John Stobbe, President of the Friends of the Queen Elizabeth Pool Society. “The Pool will soon be deep enough for diving and will be a destination for generations to come.

The Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program will invest $500 million in recreational facilities across Canada over a two-year period. In total, Western Economic Diversification Canada has approved 718 RInC projects that will use all of the funding available in the West. These projects are helping provide a temporary economic stimulus that will help reduce the impacts of the global downturn while renewing, upgrading and expanding recreational infrastructure in Canadian communities.

Visit the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program in the West, or Canada's Economic Action Plan for more information

For more information, contact:

Donna Kinley
Regional Manager, Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Tel: (780) 495-6892
Cell: (780) 991-7432

Rob Smyth
Community Facility Services Manager
Community Services, City of Edmonton
Tel: (780) 496-8301

John Stobbe
President
Friends of the Queen Elizabeth Pool Society
Tel: (780) 988-1100
Cell: (780) 716-3053

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