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Village of Alix receives park revitalization grant

Revitalizing Gator Park

Gator Park in Alix will be getting some upgrades this summer.

The revitalization of the park, located at the intersection of Main Street and Railway Avenue is getting a $93,750 boost in funding from the Government of Canada. The Village said that the project will see an underutilized park turned into a fully accessible free Wi-Fi park located in Alix’s downtown core.

“Today’s investment to turn Gator Park into a fully accessible and free Wi-Fi park will help create an inviting and inclusive place where the residents and visitors of Alix can connect with each other, enjoy the outdoors and take part in activities and events,” said Daniel Vandal, minister for PrairiesCan.

Federal funding for the initiative is provided through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), which is administered in Alberta by PrairiesCan. The CCRF is a two-year, $500 million national infrastructure program to revitalize communities across Canada. It assists non-profit organizations, municipalities, community groups, and Indigenous communities across Canada to build and improve community infrastructure projects.

Brick pavers and inclusive seating areas will allow access to the park by those with mobility aids and increased lighting and shade sails will extend the times that patrons can enjoy the park and access free Wi-Fi services.

“We want to ensure all residents and visitors have equal opportunity to experience the vibrant and beautiful heart of Alix. This centrally located park will help to address the rural broadband issue, revitalize our local businesses and improve our community as a whole,” said Rob Fehr, mayor of Alix.

“Through the CCRF, our government is making investments that transform and reinvent community infrastructure into modern gathering places for residents of all ages and abilities,” said Vandal.

“Outdoor and green spaces are vital for communities across Alberta, bringing people together, supporting safe events and activities, and offering memorable experiences to residents and visitors alike. Today’s investment will strengthen the village of Alix’s post-pandemic recovery by ensuring that Gator Park, a centrally located community space, is more inclusive and accessible for everyone,” said Randy Boissonnault, minister of tourism and associate minister of finance.

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2022.