The Ontario Trillium Foundation has awarded the Town of Fort Frances a grant for upgrades to Sunny Cove Camp.
The $100,000 grant will be used to help pay for plumbing, electrical, and structural renovations.
“We applied for it [the grant] because we knew there is some upgrades that need to be done for health and safety purposes,” Mayor Roy Avis said this morning.
“There’s the areas that do need attention . . . that we feel need to be brought up to code.”
The mayor added the upgrades will be done over the next couple of months.
“It’s a real good thing the government is putting money into it,” Mayor Avis remarked.
“That camp has historic meaning to our community here, and also to the residents of the district that are using it,” he stressed.
“It’s really good to see the government would see fit to give us a Trillium grant.”
In the funding announcement, the OTF noted the grant will “help provide a safer and more comfortable residential camping experience for children and youth in the Rainy River District.”
Yesterday’s announcement also included money for Atikokan, the only other municipality in Rainy River District to land funding in this round of grants.
The Beaten Path Nordic Ski Club received $14,800 to purchase a side-by-side all-terrain vehicle to maintain cross-country ski trails in the Atikokan-Quetico area.
As well, the Township of Atikokan got $15,000 to install insulation, siding, and new windows in the Mount Fairweather ski chalet.
The OTF said these upgrades will help create a safer and well-maintained downhill ski facility in the community.