Released October 8, 1999

NLHC opens new playground

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC), will hold an official opening ceremony Saturday, October 8, 1999, at Crosbie/Portia Place, in St. John's to mark the completion of a new
playground.  The announcement was made today by Lloyd Matthews, MHA for St. John's North, and minister responsible for NLHC.

"This playground will provide a healthy and safe environment for the enjoyment of the many families who wish to take advantage of these facilities," Mr. Matthews said. "Although this structure received funding from the federal and provincial governments, it was the determination and hard work of the people of the Crosbie/Portia Tenant Association that made this project a success, " Mr. Matthews added.

Located on a 15 x 25 metre lot, the CSA approved playground will serve more than 80 families in the area.  Keith Breen, President of the local Tenant Association commented: "We are thrilled to have our own playground, it will be a tremendous benefit to the many families in the area who have young children."

The multi-component play structure was constructed at a cost of approximately $35,000.  Funding was provided on a 75/25 per cent cost-shared basis by NLHC and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).  Intended for children ages 5 through 10, the playground will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and adult supervision is required.  The playground is part of the corporation's commitment to the continued development  of active and vital neighbourhoods.. 

For further information, contact:  
Jenny Bowring, Corporate Communications  
Telephone:  (709) 724-3055