The Town of Quispamsis celebrated today the grand opening of its new Arts and Culture Park. The event took place in conjunction with festivities for the Town's 40th Anniversary Celebration and New Brunswick Day events.
I am confident that the Town of Quispamsis will see the positive impact of this new Arts and Culture Park as families and tourists use it year-round, said Rob Moore, MP for Fundy-Royal, on behalf of the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Canada's new government supports projects in New Brunswick that will benefit generations to come.
As MLA for Kennebecasis, I am very pleased to be sharing in this important occasion with ACOA and the Town of Quispamsis, said Brenda Fowlie, Minister of Energy. People from our Town and the surrounding area have a beautiful new central place to celebrate our vibrant arts and culture community and to host a wide range of regional events. We are very pleased to officially open our new Quispamsis Arts and Culture Park, said Quispamsis Mayor Ron Maloney. The park has created a real sense of pride in our community. It will always remain a focal point where residents and neighbours can gather and enjoy all the delights that this park has to offer.
The Arts and Culture Park is an open-air art gallery where local artists can display their works and promote their talents. The Park will also provide a new and unique venue for art workshops, festivals, musical performances, outdoor movies and markets designed to bring the community together and attract more visitors to the area. During the winter months, an outdoor rink with music and lighting will be a festive addition to the town's existing outdoor activities.
The Government of Canada invested a total of $488,284 in the project under ACOA's Strategic Community Investment Fund. The Province of New Brunswick also supported the project contributing $60,000 through the Environmental Trust Fund and the Family and Youth Capital Assistance Program. Other financial contributors include J.D. Irving, Limited, the Greater Saint John Community Foundation, the Sobey's Foundation, the Quispamsis Island View Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Rothesay-Kings.