Prescott area group pitches province for arena money

In this picture from Brett Todd's Facebook page, Todd is joined by Augusta Township Mayor Doug Malanka (left) and fundraising chairmen Judi Baril and David Beatty after their meeting with the provincial government. The group was making a pitch for money for a new arena. (@mayorbrett/Facebook via Newswatch Group)

PRESCOTT – A contingent from the Prescott area has made its pitch to the provincial government for money for a new arena.

Prescott Mayor Brett Todd, Augusta Township Mayor Doug Malanka and other stakeholders met with officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure in Toronto this week to go over their grant application.

The deadline to apply for funding is next week.

“It’s been a long journey overall. But it’s all been more than worth it as we work hard at bringing our fantastic new arena and recreational complex to Prescott, Augusta, and the South Grenville region!” Todd posted on Facebook shortly after their meeting.

The town is looking for upper level government money as the price tag for an arena to replace Leo Boivin stands at about $12 million.

The Leo was closed in August 2018 after the refrigeration system, under the ice pad, failed an inspection.

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