As Prince Edward Island is set to host the 2023 Canada Winter Games, strategic investments in sports and recreation facilities will play a key role in ensuring Islanders deliver a world-class event and create a sporting legacy for the province.
Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque; the Honourable Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island; Brian McFeely, 2023 Canada Games Board Co-Chair, and Mark Arendz, 8-time Paralympic Medallist and 2023 Canada Games Board Member, announced funding to upgrade the Nordic Venue at the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park ahead of the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
Athletes will benefit from upgrades to the ski trails, biathlon shooting range, start/finish stadium and penalty loop. Spectator’s experiences will be enhanced thanks to the construction of an accessible link between the lodge, stadium and a drop-off/pickup area. A new storage structure, and new team waxing building with washrooms will support events and maintenance operations. The lodge will be renovated and the existing timing building expanded to welcome competition guests and visitors.
Once completed, this project will support athlete development and increase opportunities for competition sports and recreational activities for years to come. The new accessibility features will create a more inclusive facility for visitors at the 2023 Canada Winter Games and beyond.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.5 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The Government of Prince Edward Island is contributing over $1.5 million towards total eligible costs for this project.
The digital event stream can be found at the following link for those who missed it and are interested here.
Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map
Federal infrastructure investments on Prince Edward Island: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-pe-eng.html
Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html