Grant funding to improve park amenities and downtown

June 8, 2022 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – The City of Airdrie gratefully announces the receipt of the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) grant of $750,000 from PrairiesCan.

“Our government is making investments that transform community infrastructure into modern gathering places for residents of all ages and abilities through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund," said the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan. “We’re proud to work with the City of Airdrie to help rejuvenate community green spaces and provide residents and visitors with inviting places to connect and enjoy the outdoors"


“Outdoor green spaces, recreational facilities, and protecting local environments are vital for the health and well-being of communities across Alberta. They help support local activities connecting residents and visitors alike,” said the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance. “Today’s investment will have lasting benefits for the City of Airdrie by improving local infrastructure, ensuring vibrant and accessible spaces for years to come.”

“With this grant from PrairiesCan, we are able to fund close to half the cost of improving our well used park amenities including several in the downtown area,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “Nose Creek is a beloved feature in our downtown and we’re happy to enhance it and other amenities with this grant for everyone to enjoy.”

The CCRF Grant funds will be used towards 2022 projects including:
     • Replacement of two pedestrian bridges in Nose Creek Park
     • The installation of an oil grit separator in the East Lake Stormwater Facility to
        keep sediment from entering into Nose Creek and protecting that waterway
     • Installation of outdoor lighting at the ice rink in Monklands Park to provide users
        lighting in the dark winter months
     • Pathway repair/replacement work on the east side of QEII between YVB and
        Veterans Blvd.
     • Stormwater vegetation removal in Nose Creek Park to improve creek flow

The grant will cover approximately 45 per cent of the total project costs and the savings will be redirected into Capital Reserves (the City’s savings account for on-time cost items).

Improving the Nose Creek area also features prominently in the Downtown Plan which was reviewed by Council at their June 6 meeting. Council gave two readings to the Downtown Plan and it will be passed on to the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board for review before coming back to Airdrie Council in September for final reading and approval.

The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) is a two-year, $500 million national infrastructure program to revitalize communities across Canada. PrairiesCan is administering the CCRF in Alberta. Not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other public institutions, and Indigenous communities can apply for funding for projects that aim to:
     • revitalize downtown cores and main streets
     • reinvent outdoor spaces
     • create green infrastructure
     • increase the accessibility of community spaces

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