Municipality to receive funding for outdoor ice skating oval, downtown park development
BROCKTON – The Municipality of Brockton will receive funding for two community initiatives as part of Bruce Power’s Be a Light: Beating COVID Together campaign.
The funding, announced by Bruce Power on Dec. 9, is for an ice skating and assisting with the transformation of the Durham Street Park development.
The ice skating oval will be located in the Lobies Park Campground near downtown Walkerton. The funding will assist with the lighting, equipment and guard shack upgrades for staff to monitor and register guests in order to maintain COVID-19 protocols. The outdoor skating facility will be open as the weather allows.
The company will also assist the municipality with transforming a vacant space in downtown Walkerton. The Durham Street Park development will connect a municipal parking lot with downtown shops and restaurants. It will support local events and become a gathering space for programming, as well as a communal eating space. It will also provide a place for historical recognition, local art, and possibly a water feature that will speak to the town’s growth and leadership in drinking water excellence.
“The recent Hometown Christmas Market at the Durham Street Park site was a huge success, and we intend to support the business community with the opportunity to hold these types of events regularly in this space, to support outdoor shopping and business continuity,” said Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody.
“With Bruce Power’s assistance, we now have an excellent head start on these exciting community initiatives that will certainly benefit our residents.”
John Peevers, Bruce Power’s director of community and media relations, and economic development, said the company was disappointed they had to cancel the 2020 Block Party that was scheduled to be in Walkerton due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We wanted to make sure that Brockton residents and businesses still benefitted, so we worked with the municipality to identify these important projects and events. We look forward to seeing these fantastic initiatives come to fruition,” said Peevers.