The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) in Bridgewater will add solar energy gear and see upgrades to lighting, heating, ice plant operations and pool facilities, thanks to taxpayers contributing just under $2 million.
Government officials announced on July 5 that the recreation facility will receive an energy efficiency renovation, costing in the vicinity of $1.845 million.
"These upgrades will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce operating costs and allow arena operations to continue year-round," a government news release indicated. "The savings on energy costs will allow the centre to redirect funding to community services and programming."
The federal government is investing more than $738,000 in the upgrades through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program. The Nova Scotia government is contributing more than $615,000, while the Lunenburg County Multi Purpose Centre Corporation will spend more than $492,000.
Located on North Park Street, the LCLC opened in 2013. The sport, recreation, and community facility houses an NHL-size arena with a capacity to seat 1,200 spectators, an aquatic centre suited to both leisure and competitive users, a therapeutic pool and a public library.
The building also houses administrative offices, community and cultural spaces, and areas capable of hosting meetings, exercise classes, senior citizens' activities and other functions