Feds step in with funding for Elliott Sports Complex

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Federal funding kicks off improvements to pickleball and bocce ball facilities at a western park.

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The New Horizons for Seniors Program is contributing $24,963 to refurbish two bocce courts and add accessible, shaded seating near eight pickleball courts that were built at the Elliott Sports Complex on Rossmore Road with provincial support in 2021.

As we turn the corner (on COVID-19) we find more and more people who want to get out, so we have to make sure things are accessible,” MP Terry Sheehan said during a funding announcement. Friday morning. .

Two bocce ball courts, estimated to be 50 years old, “need a complete overhaul,” said Virginia McLeod, recreation and culture manager for the City of Sault Ste. Married. “They are not playable at the moment. They haven’t been used for a while.

Federal funds will also help seniors in Sault learn how to become certified pickleball instructors. McLeod wants 10 qualifiers.

We have a large group of seniors who are interested, she said.

The coaches would then teach the people of Sault the sport of racquet.

Picnic tables, with seating on three sides, will also allow wheelchair users to use them. Permanent metal umbrellas will provide shade. Trees will be planted “to ensure we have a shaded space for our attendees,” McLeod said. “We really need these accessible social spaces so people feel safe and can participate in wellness activities.”

The planned work should be completed in June.

The estimated opening date for the pickleball courts in Elliott Park is mid-May. Sault residents can also play pickleball in several other parks including LaSalle, McMeeken and Snowdon.

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Pickleball courts at the Elliott Sports Complex cost around $100,000. A provincial inclusive community grant covered $60,000 of this expense.

A related group, Soo Area Pickleball, formed in May 2019 and has around 200 members.

Two other Sault groups are also receiving funding from New Horizons.

Sault Ste. Mary and 49 Museumand Field Regiment RCA Historical Society will receive $21,963 for repairs and to purchase bookshelves, chairs and tables for seniors to participate in activities.

A washroom will be renovated at the Ontario Finnish Resthome Association thanks to support of $25,000.

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