In February 2022, The City of Sarnia received a $367,900 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Capital stream. This grant, delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, supports installation of asphalt pathways and replacement of the concrete pool area in Tecumseh Park. The project is planned to be completed in 2022 and will give people in the community improved access to programs and events at Tecumseh Park for years to come.

“Congratulations to the City of Sarnia on being awarded this significant Community Building Fund grant. Reducing and removing barriers so everyone can enjoy Tecumseh Park is a great initiative and I am proud to join with the province in supporting this worthwhile project.”
– Bob Bailey, MPP Sarnia-Lambton.

The existing pathways and concrete area at Tecumseh Park have reached the end of their life cycle. The new accessible pathways will allow for everyone to enjoy the park’s many unique amenities. Once complete, this project will provide a more accessible and modern recreation space. This grant provides 80% of the planned project costs, and the City capital budget will cover the remaining project costs.

“Community Benefactor and friend the late Norma Cox would be thrilled to see the major upgrades to the Cox Youth Centre and Tecumseh Park. Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for building on the Million-dollar donation Norma made to the City and Tecumseh Park in 2007. Everyone wins with more accessible pathways, pool and splash pad creating recreational facilities for young and old alike that will last a generation.”
– Mayor Mike Bradley

Ensuring residents have access to modern, reliable, and accessible recreation infrastructure is vital for our vibrant community to connect and maintain active and healthy lifestyles. The City of Sarnia strives to be a leader in accessible and inclusive play and these types of investments by our provincial partners are helping to make those efforts a reality.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non‐profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non‐profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID‐19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

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For further information, please contact:
Chris Carter, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Sarnia
chris.carter@sarnia.ca or 519-332-0330