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GRCA receives grants.

The Grand River Conservation Authority will be investing $1.3 million in new facilities at three conservation areas, thanks to grants made by the provincial and federal governments.

On Jul. 8, the GRCA received a total of $867,000 in grants, split between the Recreation Infrastructure Canada Program (RInC) and the Ontario Recreation Program (Ontario REC). The GRCA will pay the remaining $433,000 of the total cost of three projects.

The money will be used to invest in:

* a new $300,000 gatehouse at Brant Conservation Area, Brantford to replace the existing structure built in 1971;

* new washroom facilities worth $700,000 at Elora Gorge Conservation Area, Elora;

* new washroom facilities worth $300,000 at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, Guelph.

At both Elora Gorge and Guelph Lake parks, the existing washrooms do not meet current standards and do not have enough capacity to meet the growing demand from campers and day-use visitors. New washrooms will include toilets and showers and will be barrier-free.

Work on the projects is expected to start later this year and be completed by the summer of 2010.

The federal and provincial programs are part of efforts to stimulate the economy and, at the same time, enhance recreational facilities, improve energy efficiency and contribute to the health and quality of life in communities in Ontario.
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