Mathyssen's Efforts Yield $1.98 Million for Recreational Infrastructure

LONDON –After four months of phone calls, letters, and discussions on how to deliver recreational infrastructure funding for London, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) welcomed the $1.98 million federal investment today for three of the projects she championed.

The London Optimist Sports Centre, or the “Soccer Dome” as Londoners often refer to it, will receive $1 million to help double its capacity. The YMCA Centre Branch will receive $600,000 for renovations, while the Boys & Girls Club of London will receive $382, 742 to make improvements to the Gail Graham Eco Park.

“These are all very worthy projects. This funding will not only create short term jobs, it will make our community a more attractive choice for new employers who wish to call London home. Quality of life in a community has a big impact on the quality of jobs a community can attract. I started lobbying for these funds back in early March after I first spoke with the London Optimists about the soccer dome expansion. With the support of City Hall and the organizations applying for funding, we coordinated efforts and went to work. Today that work paid off, and the benefits of that work will be there for generations of Londoners, particularly our children,” said Mathyssen.