Chapple, Morley land federal bucks

Residents of Chapple and Morley soon will see improvements to local community and recreational facilities through investments announced yesterday by the federal government.
As first reported in yesterday’s Daily Bulletin, Ottawa announced it will fund up to $216,511 as its share of renovations to the ’52 Canadians Arena here that’s also being funded equally by the town and province.
The balance of the $300,685 announced yesterday will go towards upgrading recreational facilities in Chapple and Morley.
Chapple will receive up to $64,174 to renovate its 77-year-old community centre, including construction of a new entrance, interior ramps, and wheelchair accessible washrooms.
Heating and electrical systems also will be upgraded and a new kitchen will be constructed.
These renovations will make the facility more accessible to elderly and disabled patrons, and make it available to local residents year-round.
Construction is expected to be complete by 2003.
Meanwhile, Ottawa will contribute up to $20,000 to Morley to replace playground equipment, flooring, and a portion of the roof at the Stratton Community Centre.
The facility’s parking lot also will be expanded.
These improvements will bring the building into compliance with health and safety standards and enhance the facility, which presently supports a community hall, curling rink, baseball diamond, clubroom, skating rink, and playground.
Construction is expected to be complete by January, 2003.
“Arenas and community centres are fundamental to our quality of life in Northwestern Ontario,” said Indian Affairs and Northern Development minister Robert Nault, who also is MP for Kenora-Rainy River.
“I am pleased that the Government of Canada recognizes this and as a result, we are making these important investments in our communities,” he added.
“Not only will this benefit the communities involved, but also residents who live in smaller towns and villages that rely on these types of facilities on a regular basis.
“This is another example of how northerners co-operate in order that we are able to build and upgrade our infrastructure in the north,” he remarked.