A federal and provincial government grant will fund renovations to the Robert Hartley Sports Complex in Hawkesbury.

On June 17, the Town of Hawkesbury announced it is receiving a grant of $175,000 from the governments of Canada and Ontario Investing in Canada Plan, designed to help protect the health and well-being of citizens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant for Hawkesbury will be used to renovate the main entrance of the Robert-Hartley Sports Complex, by installing contactless sliding doors in order to bring it into compliance with the health measures imposed by COVID-19.

The project also includes people counters, relocating the information desk closer to the entrance and updating the ventilation system.

“This is the boost we’ve been waiting for!” said Hawkesbury Mayor Paula Assaly. “This grant will allow a significant leap in the progress of the project.”

The town believes the investment will allow residents to have access to modern recreational facilities where they can maintain an active and healthy lifestyles in complete safety.

Work will begin at the end of summer and should be completed by the end of December 2021.