News Release Article from  Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Shelburne Recreation Areas Receive Upgrades

Government of Canada Supporting Community Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada

March 17, 2016 - Shelburne, N.S. - Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Two well-utilized recreation areas in Shelburne are undergoing upgrades following investments totalling $135,991 by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

A $103,266 contribution is supporting the Hillcrest Academy Community Playground Society as it improves three playgrounds. Upgrades involve new equipment to improve safety, accessibility—and fun! To date, work at one of the playgrounds has been completed and work on a second has recently started.

As well, a $32,725 contribution supports the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club & Marina as it expands to meet growing community demand for its programming and facilities. This contribution has enabled the Club to complete an extension to its sailing school boat launch. The Shelburne Sailing School’s Learn to Sail program is popular with youth, and attracts upwards of 80 students each summer. Work is also underway on an expansion to the Club’s second floor which will create a sun room to support major events and usage by community groups.

Community facilities across Canada play a critical role in boosting quality of life and stimulating economic activity through community-based partnerships. Many of these facilities are in need of updates and repairs.


“The Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club & Marina and the Hillcrest Academy Community Playgrounds offer residents and newcomers places where they can come with their families to enjoy the natural beauty and amenities of their community. Each project is the result of people coming together for the betterment of Shelburne and to create active living opportunities for those who make their homes there. The Government of Canada is committed to making public investments that support enhanced community recreation facilities for residents and tourists alike.”

     - The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“We can see, through projects like the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club & Marina and the Hillcrest Academy Community Playgrounds, that community facilities play an important role in bringing us together and making our communities stronger. In addition to creating community partnerships, each of these projects supports places where families can be active and have fun.”

     - Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets  

“A new playground is more than swings and a slide on which kids can play. It is a place where families from Shelburne and surrounding areas can come together to have fun, raise healthy, active children and enjoy the beautiful, natural surroundings of our community.” 

     - Sue Quinlan, Board Member, Hillcrest Academy Community Playground Society

“The programs and offerings of the Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club & Marina have been growing in popularity over the years. These upgrades mean that we can continue to meet the demands of our more than 400 members and the public who rely on the Yacht Club for their recreational boating and social gathering needs.”

     - Eric MacIntosh, Past Commodore, Shelburne Yacht Club & Marina

Associated Links:


Alex Smith
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(902) 426-9417
(902) 830-3839 (cell)

Eric MacIntosh
Past Commodore
Shelburne Harbour Yacht Club & Marina
(902) 875-7635 (cell)

Sue Quinlan
Hillcrest Academy Community Playground Society
(902) 875-2334 (cell)

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