The province is awarding $772,000 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Central Region. Twenty-two grants were announced today, June 27, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Government believes in supporting organizations and recreations facilities because they help Nova Scotians lead healthier, more active lives,” said MLA Mat Whynott, on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “We are providing $2.47-million for more than 70 projects across the province that will help families have fun, while getting fit.” Under the Recreation Facility Development Program, the grants will be used to renovate facilities, develop and maintain walking trails, and build and upgrade various fields and buildings used for sport and recreation. The grants were announced at the Upper Sackville Recreation Facility, near Weir Field, which received $100,000 for turf resurfacing. “Recreational facilities provide support to many community-based soccer programs and organizations in our rural community,” said Ward Dicks, president of Springfield Lake Recreation Association. “We extend a sincere thank you to the province and the Department of Health and Wellness for recognizing the value of our contribution to the community, and for enabling us to keep the soccer programs housed in this facility going for many years to come.” The program helps community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.