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Two new community outdoor rinks

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL  –The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is proud to announce the selection of the boroughs of Montreal-Nord and Verdun for the construction of the two next community outdoor rinks as part of its BLEU BLANC BOUGE program. With neighbourhoods featuring the highest density of youth, Montreal-Nord distinguished itself through its ability to actively mobilize its resources for quick and efficient development of collaborative projects, the success of numerous local outreach programs and its urgent needs in sports and leisure facilities for the young people of its community. Construction work for the second rink of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is set to get underway in August 2009 in Le Carignan Park.

Exceptionally, the Foundation takes this opportunity to announce that the application of the borough of Verdun was chosen for the construction of the third rink. The Foundation made the decision for an early announcement making this gift part of a development project already underway in the park Willibrord. For this infrastructure, the  Foundation will benefit from the generosity of the Hockey Canada Foundation which will provide substantial financial support and who has chosen to direct its donation to the project in Verdun. The rink will be erected in the spring of 2010.

About the BLEU BLANC BOUGE Program

As the Foundation’s flagship project, the BLEU BLANC BOUGE program consists in building five refrigerated outdoor multipurpose community rinks that can accommodate various sports activities in less privileged neighbourhoods in the greater Montreal area. These community rinks are characterized as animated gathering areas for sports and physical activity that will provide kids from these backgrounds to discover the advantages of a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

The first outdoor rink was inaugurated last January in François-Perrault Park in the Villeray_ Saint-Michel_ Parc-Extension borough.

The artificial ice rink is built according to NHL standards and dimensions (200 feet by 85 feet) and offers the flexibility necessary to accommodate the practice of other seasonal sports activities. The skating season lasts from mid-November until mid- March, while various types of ball games, such as basketball or soccer, and other sports take over for the spring, summer and fall months.

The presenting partners of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation BLEU BLANC BOUGE Program are the FTQ (Fédération des travailleurs du Québec) and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ in collaboration with City of Montreal blue collars, FTQ construction workers and local entrepreneurs, who contribute to the project by providing material and volunteer manpower. The Foundation works closely with Roustan United, a leader in the area of arena products and services as well as with Québec en Forme which supports the Foundation in selecting the district and the community partners towards the development of an efficient activation of the facilities and to determine the impact of the program.

About the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is determined to provide a better and healthier future for children in need, and is committed to encourage and promote a healthy and active lifestyle among the youth. Since its inception in August 2000, the Foundation has donated $8.4 million to over 350 charitable groups working to support the well-being of children across Quebec.

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