The province is awarding $329,000 to help improve and upgrade recreation facilities in the Fundy region. Ten grants were announced today, June 28, under the Recreation Facility Development Program. MLA Brian Skabar made the announcement on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Leading a healthy, physically active lifestyle is one important way that Nova Scotians can increase their overall wellness,” said Mr. Skabar. “That’s why 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 Cumberland YMCA in Amherst. The facility received $120,000 to help refurbish an indoor pool. “The Cumberland YMCA has seen firsthand the difference strong partnerships can make to an organization,” said Trina Clarke, CEO for the Cumberland YMCA. “We are grateful to the Department of Health and Wellness for partnering with us to help improve our facility. These upgrades will have long-term benefits, which will be felt by our members for 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.