A new park in Bridgewater is one of nine recreation projects in the South Shore region receiving grants to support fun and physical activity for Nova Scotians. The region’s grants totalling $207,180 were announced today, June 29, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. “Outdoor spaces like parks, trails and playgrounds are among the many recreation facilities we’re supporting to help Nova Scotians live healthy lifestyles,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “We’re investing nearly $1.7 million for 65 new and upgraded facilities around the province so that Nova Scotians have a variety of opportunities to be active every day.” The Town of Bridgewater will use $18,000 to start developing Generation Active Park which will include walking trails where dogs and their owners can enjoy being active outdoors. “Funding for the first phase of this project allows for site drainage and other work to start developing amenities such as the leash-free dog park, trails and other components of the park,” said Bridgewater Mayor David Walker. “With these features, Generations Active Park will become a centerpiece for recreation for residents and visitors to our community.” The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields for sport and recreation. The grants support Thrive!, government’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan aims to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at http://thrive.novascotia.ca .