UNION GAS HELPS BRING NORTH BAY'S WATERFRONT TO LIFE
$500 grant to Community Waterfront Friends to develop Community Waterfront Park
North Bay, ON - Union Gas is supporting a project that will convert North Bay's waterfront rail lands to a community park, courtesy of a $500 grant awarded today to Community Waterfront Friends (CWF).
Don Beauchamp, Union Gas district manager for the northeast district, presented the cheque to Dr. Rod Johnston, chair of CWF, at the pergola in North Bay's Community Waterfront Park, today.
"At Union Gas, we believe in investing today to ensure a bright tomorrow," said Beauchamp. "That means being environmental stewards and supporting important ecological programs in the communities we serve. We are very pleased to help Community Waterfront Friends make this community an even better place to live and work."
Creation of Community Waterfront Park is part of a long-term plan to transform North Bay's waterfront into a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable community resource.
The four-phase plan includes an environmental cleanup, construction of a pedestrian underpass connecting the downtown and the waterfront, rejuvenation of the downtown area and close to $40 million in development around the park area. This year the civic plaza was completed, the park was shaped and completely grassed and by spring next year the community will see work on the attractions begin. The "Leaves of Inspiration" pergola is CWF's fundraiser which hopes to raise and contribute one million dollars for this phase of the plan.
"Our goal was to create a lasting space for everyone in our community to enjoy", said Johnston. "Thanks to organizations like Union Gas we are that much closer!"
Over the past 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer hours for community organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3 million to charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $900,000 to United Way. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.
About Community Waterfront Friends
Community Waterfront Friends (CWF) is a volunteer organization that has been working since 2000 to redevelop the rail lands which at one time divided our downtown from our waterfront. For more information, visit waterfrontfriends.org.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas' storage and transmission business offers a variety of storage and transportation services to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S. supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. Union Gas, one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012 and 2013, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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