Sports equipment, venue upgrades and a legion of trained volunteers are among the legacy of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, according to organizers.
At a press conference to announce the legacy plan, the Games’ legacy committee chair Chuck Bridges said it’s not just a question of what will be brought to the event, but what will remain after the event is over.
“We focused on the economic, financial and infrastructure benefits,” Bridges told the crowd, which included Premier Darrell Dexter and Nova Scotia MP Scott Armstrong.
Bridges noted upgrades and enhancements to 13 venues in Halifax, including Citadel High, Cole Harbour Place and the Dartmouth Sportsplex. He also noted new facilities, such as the long-track speedskating oval on the North Common and the Canada Games Centre.
A legacy fund will be established to distribute $100,000 a year to support sports in the province.
In addition, approximately $1.1 million in sports equipment purchased for the Games will be gifted to organizations across the province.