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September 25, 2007
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Hunter River to Benefit from Nearly $185,000 in Funding to Enhance Confederation Trail

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Tourists will have yet another reason to visit central PEI thanks to investments announced today by federal, provincial and municipal governments. Close to $185,000 will be spent on a project to enhance Hunter River’s section of the Confederation Trail, making it an even more attractive spot for tourists and residents of the surrounding areas.

“Canada's New Government is working with its partners to get things done for the people of Hunter River,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) also on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development. “Through our investment of nearly $117,000, Canada’s New Government is supporting a project that enhances the Confederation Trail and provides the people of Hunter River with a new pathway, helping to ensure a more enjoyable way for residents to engage in an active lifestyle.”

ACOA contributed $59,867 through its Innovative Communities Fund. Service Canada contributed $57,000 through the Canada-PEI Labour Market Development Agreement.

“The government of Prince Edward Island is proud to support this project, and to work with our federal and community partners to create opportunities for economic development, increased tourism and active living,” said Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, who made the announcement on behalf of Development and Technology Minister Richard Brown. “I want to thank the municipality and residents of Hunter River and the surrounding communities. The time and energy devoted to upgrade the trail and create this new park has been remarkable. As well, dedicating the park in memory of Dr. Ellis is very fitting as he supported the community’s health over so many years. This park is the perfect acknowledgement of his contributions.” The PEI Department of Development and Technology contributed $50,000 to this project.

The project will add a new pathway to the existing Confederation Trail to link to the core of the Hunter River business community. Lighting and benches will be placed along the trail routes. A park area will be developed along the trail, interpretive signs will be added and a gazebo will be built for hosting community events. The community will name this park after the late Dr. Kent Ellis, who served the people of Hunter River and the surrounding area for more than 40 years.

“We couldn’t imagine a more appropriate name for the park than after a man who dedicated decades to making Hunter River a better place to live,” said Terry McGrath, Vice-Chair of the Municipality of Hunter River. “The Dr. Kent G. Ellis Heritage Park will provide an area for the community to come together for community events and for people to keep fit by walking or running the Confederation Trail.” The Municipality of Hunter River will contribute $18,000 toward this project.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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