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Governments Invest in Revitalization of Former Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Site

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SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2012) - The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have awarded up to $17 million in contracts to construct a park and green space on the remediated Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens site in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The successful bidders include Municipal Ready Mix Limited, based in Sydney, and Denko Mi'Kmaq Enterprises Limited, based in Eskasoni.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, said that awarding the contracts is one of the final major milestones in Canada's largest industrial remediation project and will create a proud legacy of honouring the community's past, while creating developments that will be enjoyed by future generations.

"Our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians-jobs and economic growth," said Minister Raitt. "In addition to the environmental and health benefits of remediating this site, the final land use will continue to build on the project's economic benefits locally and build a foundation for future economic growth in Cape Breton."

The project also continues to provide meaningful employment and training opportunities for local First Nations communities, African Nova Scotians and women in under-represented occupations such as trades and technology.

"These contracts will generate more economic opportunities for businesses in the Sydney area and more good jobs," said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. "The Province is proud to support this work to transform this site into a place where we want to be, where we recognize the history of our people and our land, and where we sow the seeds of change for future generations."

The community liaison committee for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens remediation had an important role in developing the plan for the future use of the land.

"It is extremely gratifying to see the park area and green space taking shape on the former steel plant property," said Alastair MacLeod, committee chair. "With green grass already covering much of the site, the final transformation is at hand, and the revitalized land will be returned to the people of Sydney."

Construction on the final land use elements began this month and is scheduled for completion in August 2013. The clean-up project remains within its $400 million budget and is on schedule for completion by March 2014.

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The Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia have awarded up to seventeen million dollars in contracts to construct a park and green space on the remediated Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens site.

The successful bidders include Municipal Ready Mix Limited, based in Sydney, and Denko Mi'Kmaq Enterprises Limited, based in Eskasoni.

The park on the former tar ponds site will include a multi-use sports field with synthetic turf, a commons area with an outdoor concert venue and skating area, a playground, a bike park, and a trail network with bridges connecting downtown Sydney with the communities of Whitney Pier, Ashby and the North End. The former coke ovens site will be converted to a green space with road infrastructure for light industrial use.

Construction of the park and green space began this month and is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Amber Irwin
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
819-997-5421


Media Relations
Public Works and Government Services Canada
819-956-2315


Meggan Desmond
Sydney Tar Ponds Agency
902-567-7988
Cell: 902-574-7991
meggan@tarpondscleanup.ca

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