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Upgrades to Community Tennis Centre Complete

July 20, 2011 - The City of Thunder Bay held an official ceremony today to celebrate the grand re-opening of its community tennis centre.

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor; Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan; and Mayor of Thunder Bay, Keith Hobbs, are pleased to see this important community recreational infrastructure project reach completion.

This tennis centre has been rehabilitated from the ground up. The project consisted of the excavation and reconstruction of all nine tennis courts and the practice pad and included major drainage improvements, acrylic top coating and fence replacement.

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $166,667 to the project, while the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre is contributing $75,000. The City of Thunder Bay is funding the balance of the $764,500 total project budget.

“Residents of all ages and abilities who share an interest in tennis will benefit from these revitalized courts, which will help to enhance physical fitness and wellness in the community,” said Minister Clement.  "Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we are creating jobs and providing families with modern recreation spaces that are strengthening communities today and tomorrow.”

“Stimulating the economy and creating new opportunities to support healthier, more active living is part of Building Together, Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew sport and recreational facilities in communities such as Thunder Bay,” said MPP Mauro. "The Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre is one example of our government partnering with the City of Thunder Bay and federal government to create enhanced recreational infrastructure."

"Thank you to the Governments of Canada and Ontario for partnering with us on this project," said Mayor Keith Hobbs. "I encourage everyone to visit the renovated Tennis Centre and try the fantastic new courts. They will certainly be enjoyed for many years by tennis players of all abilities and ages."

This project is one of more than 760 across the province that is moving forward thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $380 million under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC). The governments of Canada and Ontario teamed up to support Ontario's communities and create jobs by improving recreational infrastructure, as these types of projects also encourage higher levels of participation in physical activity and community building. For more information on this initiative, please visit

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Contact: Paul Burke, Supervisor – Community Partnerships (Acting), (807) 625-2305