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Local projects receive $1.6 million in federal funding

Area recipients include Scandinave Spa, Bruce Trail Conservancy, Blue Mountain Village, and municipalities of Grey Highlands and The Blue Mountains
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Moreau Park in Thornbury.

Five projects in The Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands have received significant funding through a pair of federal tourism programs.

On Jan. 23, Randy Boissonnault, federal Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario announced $1,653,830 in funding for five local projects.

The investments, through the Tourism Relief Fund and Canada Community Revitalization Fund, were part of a larger announcement of nearly $14 million for 45 projects in Barrie and Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties.

Local projects receiving funding include:

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain - $100,000 to install new energy-efficient heating systems that power the hot and cold pools, walkway snow melt and in-floor heating systems in the facilities.

Blue Mountain Village Association - $750,000 to replace sections of an accessible boardwalk and add a floating stage at the Blue Mountain Village Mill Pond to host free musical performances.

Municipality of Grey Highlands - $121,400 to construct an outdoor, accessible three-season community hub at the Burnside Parkette.

Town of The Blue Mountains - $562,500 to build a new pavilion, concession stand and accessible washrooms at Moreau Park, as well as accessible playground equipment and improved access to the beach at Little River Park.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy - $119,930 to improve the Hogg's Falls, Grey Highlands portion of the Bruce Trail Recreation Network by adding new bridges, boardwalks, trails, stairways and signage.