Cannon pours $8.5M into Gatineau Park

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by Mark Burgess on December 17, 2009

The federal Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is investing $8.5 million into the Gatineau Park, pouring money into an historic bridge and farm and the enhancement of the visibility of park entrances.

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is also investing $500,000, mostly for the entrances.

The money will focus on rehabilitating an old bridge on Notch Rd and repairing the historic barn and surrounding infrastructure at the Moore Farm, both of which are in Chelsea. A parking lot with lighting and new walking paths will be added to the latter.

Pontiac MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon and NCC CEO Marie Le May made the announcement at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre in Chelsea Dec. 15.

Natalie Sarafian, Cannon’s press secretary, said the money was going toward conservation of historic park properties but that it will also help to stimulate the local economy by creating jobs.