Government is supporting a project in the Municipality of Cumberland that will increase accessibility at a local community centre. Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell, on behalf of Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard, announced the support today, Oct. 26, at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, Springhill. The municipality is receiving $10,000 to aid in the construction of a natural accessible playground. The new playground will be beside the current playground and use pathways, the lay of the land and other natural elements to create accessible features for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities and their families. It’s expected to be completed in the spring. The province’s Community Access-Ability Program provided the funding. The centre has a positive impact on the long-term well-being of residents in Springhill and surrounding areas of Cumberland County. “These grants are a great example of how communities and the province can work together to support families and make Nova Scotia more accessible,” said Mr. Farrell. “The community centre folks came up with a great way to make their play space one which children, families and adults with disabilities can enjoy. The provincial CAP grants provide the funding to make it happen. That’s true partnership.” Government has committed to introducing Nova Scotia’s first accessibility legislation in 2016. The Community Access-Ability Program offers grants to community groups for accessibility-related capital improvements, such as renovations to make entrances, doorways and washrooms accessible. The grant covers up to two-thirds of the costs of renovations, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization must raise at least one-third of the funding, and can receive funding for one project per year. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information visit www.novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/communityaccessability.html.