Breaking ground for Memorial Park’s new skating trail

The Town of Stouffville begins the construction of a new multi-season skating trail in Memorial Park with the recent official ground-breaking ceremony.

The Memorial Park Skating Trail is going to be located west of the existing Leisure Centre and Public Library and aims to give the community improved access to cultural, recreational and community infrastructure by constructing a new skating trail that will be open to the community for all ages and abilities at no cost while also encouraging family and multi-generational uses.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous funding towards the winter skating trail to be constructed in Memorial Park,” Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt said.

“This new skating trail, which was chosen by the community as the highest priority in the park’s expansion, will bring generations together creating stronger, happier, and healthier residents. Thank you to the federal and provincial governments for your support.”

In addition to the construction of a new 275-metre refrigerated accessible skating trail, the project will involve construction of accessible washrooms and changerooms and storage for an ice re-surfacer. Construction of the trail will begin this summer.

“I am excited to be a part of the ground-breaking for the new multi-season trail in Whitchurch- Stouffville, which will be used for ice skating and hiking for years to come,” MP Helena Jaczek said.

“This investment by all three levels of government has created an outstanding community space. Community infrastructure is vital to the strength of our neighbourhoods, and I want to congratulate Mayor Lovatt and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville for all their hard work making this project a reality.”

The new skating trail has been made possible through grants from The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), a federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable, and resilient communities, and support a low- carbon economy. The total eligible expenditures of the project are $5,577,000. This investment will support the creation of a fully accessible, inclusive, community hub where residents can enjoy the outdoors, and stay fit and healthy now and into the future.

“This is an exciting new day for Stouffville as we break ground on this new piece of community infrastructure,” MPP Paul Calandra said. “The construction of a new multi-season trail will bring us one step closer towards enjoying a community hub where residents can come together to partake in physical recreation alongside friends and neighbours.”

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