On March 23rd, Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, Mike Harris, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga and Her Worship Sandy Shantz, Mayor of the Township of Woolwich, announced joint funding for the improvement of the Woolwich Memorial Centre and the rehabilitation of the Weigel Stormwater Management Drain.
The Government of Canada is investing $792,000 in improvements to the Woolwich Memorial Centre through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream and $899,928 for the rehabilitation of the Weigel Stormwater Management Drain through the Green Infrastructure Stream, both under the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $1.4 million towards both projects and the Township of Woolwich is contributing over $1.1 million.
Improvements to the Woolwich Memorial Centre include the replacement of the existing refrigeration system and installation of a new geothermal system designed to capture and better utilize reclaimed heat throughout the facility. This investment will ensure user groups and residents in Woolwich and surrounding areas have continued access to sports, recreation, arts and cultural activities at the Centre. These activities also include inclusive and adaptive programs for vulnerable populations that serve a diverse range of needs.
Additionally, work on the Weigel Stormwater Management Drain involves replacing 11 culverts and a degrading headwall and wingwalls, installing erosion protection, and removing sediment from a stormwater pond, among other improvements. The project will reduce the potential for flooding and extend the lifecycle, quality, and functioning of the drain to support improved stormwater management, offering better protection for residents in Woolwich.