North Bay, ON – Aug. 26, 2022 – The City of North Bay celebrated its newly constructed multi-use courts today.
The celebration included an official ribbon cutting involving Mayor Al McDonald, local federal and provincial dignitaries and members of the North Bay Spartans basketball club.
"I would like to thank Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli for their continued support and the investments by their governments that have made these new courts possible,” said Mayor McDonald. ”Since opening to the public earlier this summer, the new courts have been used daily for pick-up games, casual play and skills camps.”
The project was largely funded by a federal and provincial grant of more than $300,000 provided through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
“It’s great to see so many people already enjoying the multi-use courts in North Bay. These types of infrastructure investments are critical to ensuring that residents of Nipissing-Timiskaming can have safe and inclusive places to gather and improve their mental and physical health,” said Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota. “By investing in infrastructure we are creating jobs and building stronger, more resilient communities.”
Located in the Downtown and Waterfront area, behind the North Bay Transit Terminal, the courts include one full-sized court and one half-sized court. Painted lines accommodate basketball, ball hockey and indoor soccer.
“Supporting recreational infrastructure projects like North Bay’s sports courts, is a reflection of the Ontario governments commitment to protect the health and well being of individuals and families in the area,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing.
The courts are part of ongoing improvements that have been taking place in recent years in the Downtown Waterfront area, including the addition of the Family of Rotary's Splash Pad in 2019. Future projects include a rehabilitation of Main Street, slated to get underway in 2023 in order to upgrade much of the surface infrastructure in the downtown.