The $15,000 grant will be used to help fund the reopening of the former Y facility at 275 Main Street
Friday, March 26th - Yarmouth, N.S. – The Town of Yarmouth received good news from Canadian Tire Corporation this week. In an effort to explore all possible funding sources for reopening the pool and recreation spaces at 275 Main Street, an application was submitted for a grant from the Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund Grant Program. The Town has been awarded $15,000 that will go directly toward costs associated with reopening the facility.
In February, Canadian Tire Corporation announced an additional $12 million commitment to their Jumpstart Sport Relief Fund to help sport and recreation organizations build back sport and play in Canada.
Jumpstart conducted a State of Sport study via Ipsos which revealed the pandemic has not only impacted current access to sport and play but has real long-term effects as well. The Town of Yarmouth, and all of Yarmouth County, have experienced the impact of Covid-19 first-hand. The pandemic lead to the closure of the Yarmouth YMCA which has impacted the physical and mental health of residents of all ages.
The Town recently received confirmation that it is amongst nearly 300 organizations nationally to be provided with grant support through Jumpstart’s Sport Relief Fund. The Town of Yarmouth is grateful to receive this news and know the positive impact it will have toward reopening Yarmouth County’s only public pool and facility that can provide essential recreation services until an expansion is realized at Mariners Centre.
“I’m excited that Canadian Tire Jumpstart can assist with the reopening of the facility,” said Darcy DeSutter, Owner/Dealer of Yarmouth Canadian Tire. “I’m passionate about resuscitating the building before the year is out and also aggressively pursuing the Mariners Centre expansion. Both pieces of infrastructure are critical to our growth and success over the coming years.”
“With Jumpstart’s support, we get a little bit closer to our goal of reopening 275 Main Street”, said Mayor Mood. “We’ve been working hard with our sister municipalities to make this our top priority, but there are significant costs involved. We still have a challenging road ahead of us, but this grant will help us reach our goal.”
Photo: Mayor Pam Mood and Yarmouth Canadian Tire Owner/Dealer Darcy DeSutter