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Left to right: Rec Committee Chair Louis Byma, Reeve Mike Hammond, The Netclimber!
Councillor & Rec Committee member Mike Ford with MPP Sarah Campbell
MEDIA RELEASE: December 2, 2016
$52,500 OTF Grant gives Millennium Park a Giant Step Up
Alberton, ON - On Friday, Alberton Council and Recreation Committee members held a ribbon-cutting ceremony
to celebrate the installation of new playground equipment, benches and picnic tables at the Millennium Park and
Rink Facility. Local MPP Sarah Campbell was on hand to congratulate the Township on the work if did with the
$52,500 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant it received last year and hear more about how the additions will make
"This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to install play equipment geared to older children and seating
facilities for all park users is a great benefit to the community," said Sarah Campbell, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River.
"The netclimber will appeal to a broader youth age group and support physical activity, and the seating area
provides a great place for people to socialize and picnic with their families."
The Millennium Park and Rink Facility is the Township's community hub and is well-used year-round, is the site of
three annual Rec Committee events and a popular spot for family gatherings. The netclimber is intended for the
five to 12 age group and fills the gap between play structures geared to younger children and the outdoor exercise
equipment and volleyball court for teens and adults that is already on site. The tables and benches provide needed
seating and a place to picnic. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Township now has a full complement
of high-quality infrastructure to appeal to all ages from spring through fall.
"It is the goal of our community to foster physical activity and a place for people to gather to celebrate a variety of
events," said Alberton Reeve Mike Hammond. "These items will further enhance our playground and exercise
equipment area and give everyone a place to socialize and for parents to watch their children at play."
"Installation was delayed until late fall but the impact that this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be
underestimated," said Louis Byma, Chair of the Alberton Recreation Committee. "Alberton has had an increase
in families over the years and this grant allowed us to enhance the Park so everyone right from the youngest to the
oldest residents can enjoy it together."
The Township is committed to maintaining and developing the Millennium Park & Rink Facility for community and
public use. If you wish to inquire about using the space for hosting an event, please contact the Alberton Township
Office at (807)274-6053.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada's largest granting
foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build
healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca
For more information, please contact:
Dawn Hayes, CAO/Clerk-Treasurer
Township of Alberton