The entrance way and ramp at the Westmeath Community Hall can finally be replaced thanks to a grant of $150,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Anthony Dixon / Observer and News
WESTMEATH – The Westmeath and District Recreation Association (WDRA) will proceed with the removal and replacement of a 43-year-old entrance way and ramp into the second-floor Westmeath Community Hall.The upgrade is possible thanks to an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) capital grant of $150,000.The existing ramp has exceeded its life expectancy.An inclusive barrier-free replacement entranceway and ramp will increase both the number of users and visitors to the Community Hall as well as ensuring its sustainability.“This investment by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to replace and install a new entrance into this Community Hall is great news for many in our community,” said Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski.The project is a collaboration between the WDRA and the Township of Whitewater Region along with in-kind support from the Riverview Seniors Social Club (RSSC).“This funding by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to install a new entranceway and ramp is great news for our community. It will benefit everyone with mobility issues and serve our community better”, said Brenda Grady, WDRA president.The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.