$2.2 million funding from provincial and federal governments result in extensive improvements
Recently, members of Port Hope town council joined Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation, and Parks and MPP for Northumberland- Peterborough South David Piccini, and members of the community for an official ribbon cutting and grand re-opening of the newly expanded Town Park Recreation Centre (TPRC).
The expansion project, which was themed “Growing Together,” broke ground in July 2022. Dalren Limited, a locally based contracting firm managed the project.
This completed expansion includes: three multipurpose rooms, accessible washrooms, a welcoming lobby and customer service space, additional staff offices and storage, a new kitchenette, an outdoor courtyard area and other improvements to the structure.
The completed facility will enhance the usable space and optimize operational costs, while providing enhanced older adult programming and increased programming for all ages.
The completion of expansion will allow for the retirement of the Mill Street Ruth Clarke Activity Centre, as in set out in the Port Hope Strategic Plan 2019-2022. In November 2019, the Municipality applied to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), which is jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. On March 18, 2021, it was announced that the Municipality was successful with the ICIP application, and the project was awarded funding in the amount of $1.2M from the federal government and $1M from the provincial government.
A funding strategy was launched in June of 2023. With a goal of $250,000, this community fundraising campaign is comprised of community donations, sponsorships, and event revenue.
Additional information about the campaign and the expansion project is available at porthope.ca/tprc-expansion.
Port Hope Mayor Olena Hankivsky said, “We are so grateful to the Province and the Federal Government for their funding contributions to this much-needed expansion project. Additionally, we are humbled by the community and their enthusiastic support for this important public facility. In response to the growth of the older adult population in our community, this Centre will provide improved spaces to serve our seniors and all other residents of Port Hope for years to come.”