The northeast Genesis Centre of Community Wellness is $15-million closer to making its future facility accessible to everyone.

Yesterday, Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley announced that the Government of Canada will be supporting the North East Centre of Community Society (NECCS) through the Enabling Accessibility Fund to allow the centre to include power doors, handicap-accessible washrooms, visual fire alarms and signs with Braille.

“We are eliminating barriers and helping build communities together,” said Finley of the $70-million centre.

When finished, it will include a library, YMCA fitness centre, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and education and immigration services.

Calgary Northeast MP Devinder Shory said these funds will create job opportunities in construction. “Our aim is to make a world-class facility,” he said.

Logan King, 8, also attended the announcement, clutching tightly a beloved soccer ball.

He said his only thoughts were “excited” when he heard that he was closer to getting a soccer field that wasn’t his yard.

“It’ll be nice to have a place we can walk to,” said Sherry King, Logan’s mom and secretary for NECCS, who lives in Martindale.