Under the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2012, St. Michael’s College School was granted $460,350 to rehabilitate the Hillcrest Village Community Recreation Facilities.
St. Michael’s is the first school in Ontario to receive the funding through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). “I think its fantastic and great news for the St. Michael’s College School facilities,” said Barb DiGiulio, a parent whose son is in Grade 10 at the school.
“I think community infrastructure is so important, especially in a city like ours.”
DiGiulio was in attendance Friday at St. Michael’s hockey arena where Barrie MP Patrick Brown made the announcement.
‘I think it’s a worthwhile investment.’
– MP Patrick Brown
“I think it’s a worthwhile investment,” said Brown, who graduated from St. Michael’s.
“By helping to improve these facilities we’re hoping communities grow and make them better places to live work and play.”
St. Michael’s facilities are not only used by its students but by community organizations as well, including the Junior Argos, Ice Works Skating Academy and the Canadian Pro Hockey Clinic.
All renovations are expected to be completed by 2014.
The funding will help improve parking, upgrade lighting to ensure energy efficiency, increase accessibility by adding two handicap washrooms, upgrade the football field, dressing rooms and showers as well as ice pad chillers, boost security and upgrade walkway.
Patrick Finamore, 17, who plays for the school’s hockey team, is happy about the improvements announced, especially the change room upgrades.
“I think that it’d be helpful because the change rooms are in poor shape right now. It’s definitely a little outdated,” Finamore said. “We’re very lucky to have that (funding).”