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2014-06-07 - City Partnership Brings East Royalty Soccer Clubhouse to Reality

The City of Charlottetown is pleased to announce that the East Royalty Soccer Clubhouse at the Parkman Soccer Complex is now open and ready for use.

Funding for the new clubhouse was provided by the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club ($60,000), the Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development through the Island Community Fund ($60,000) and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department ($90,000).

The new building, located at 68 Robertson Road, was constructed to meet the needs of the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club and the general public. It is wheelchair accessible, has two washrooms, a canteen, a common area, change rooms, a utility and storage room, and an office/meeting space. It overlooks the City’s three soccer fields at the Parkman Soccer Complex, which has been home to the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club for five years.

"This has been an exciting project for the City of Charlottetown and will have a positive impact on the sporting community for years to come," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "The City is a leader in recreation and minor sport programs, and is the home of many talented athletes. One of the reasons for that is because of our facilities and the fact that we have strong support from many partners and a number of excellent clubs, associations and sporting organizations that encourage the children in our community to get involved in sports at an early age. Facilities, like this new soccer clubhouse, provide a place for those groups to continue doing the good work that they do in encouraging our youth to be active, participate in team activities and have fun outdoors. We’re pleased to continue to be a part of that."

The official opening for the East Royalty Soccer Clubhouse was held on June 7 with a ribbon cutting and soccer skills clinic lead by the Holland College Hurricanes and Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club. The public was invited to tour the clubhouse.

"The Province of Prince Edward Island is pleased to help support our local communities to develop recreational and sporting opportunities for all," said Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development, Ron MacKinley. "Through the Island Community Fund, we are able to partner with a variety of organizations that share in our goal of enhancing the quality of life of Islanders. The Province of Prince Edward Island will continue to focus on investments that enhance our Island communities from tip to tip."

The Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club was involved in the design and final layout of the clubhouse.

"We are thrilled that after almost forty years the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers now have a place to call home, thanks to the City and the Province for their financial contribution to the 400 youth of the Sherwood-Parkdale area," said Martha Ellis, President of the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club. "It is vital that we give our youth an opportunity to play sports at a reasonable price in their community to build confidence and to keep them healthy and active."

The Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club Annual Youth Soccer Tournament will be held at the Parkman Soccer Complex on July 25-27, and the new East Royalty Soccer Clubhouse will greatly improve the amenities at this venue.

"Our committee wishes to recognize the efforts of the executive for the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club for its leadership in advancing this clubhouse project, and contributing significant funds as a volunteer-based organization," said Councillor Melissa Hilton, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities Committee. "We appreciate that the overall complex is a much needed venue for the 500 or more users within the Club and this building is a welcomed addition to the property."

For more information about the clubhouse or the City’s Parks and Recreation facilities, please contact: 902-368-1025

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About The Island Community Fund:

The Island Community Fund is a multi-year provincial government initiative that provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, development groups and municipal governments to develop and implement initiatives that address the province’s infrastructure needs. Since its inception in 2008, the Island Community Fund has approved 362 projects Island wide, representing more than an $18-million contribution to capital projects with a total value of more than $62.5 million.

About the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club:

The Sherwood-Parkdale Soccer Club has represented the Province at more national championships than any other club in Prince Edward Island.


Media contacts:

Jennifer Gavin
Communications Officer
City of Charlottetown
902-629-4102 (office)
902-388-4168 (cell)
jgavin@charlottetown.ca

April Winchester
Senior Communications Officer
Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development
902-368-5286
awinchester@gov.pe.ca

Martha Ellis
President
Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club
902-393-5415
contactsprsc@gmail.com



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