The St.-Charles’ community arena is going to be seeing some upgrades.

Increased seating, updated fire alarm system, wider doors, new ice resurfacer, new fitness equipment as well as a new splash pad are all on the docket.

The upgrades come thanks to all three levels of government, with the feds investing over $161,000, the province investing over $134,000, and the municipality of St.-Charles pitching in over $107,000 of their own money.

“The Community Arena is a valued recreational hub for the residents of St.-Charles,” said Nickel Belt MP Marc SerrĂ©. “Through this investment, new tournaments and community events are now a possibility. The people of this community, and Canadians everywhere, deserve access to modern and accessible community and recreation infrastructure that supports our growing communities and families.”

According to St.-Charles Mayor, Paul Schoppmann, the municipality is “extremely” pleased to be receiving the funding.

“This funding will greatly benefit our various recreational activities. The splashpad was a concept brought forward by local volunteers some time ago. They will no doubt will be excited to see this actually become a cornerstone of activities for our children. The proposed improvements and modernization of the both the gym and arena will greatly aid in increased utilization of these facilities into the future. We would like to thank both the Federal and Provincial Governments in supporting this great endeavour for our Municipality,” finished the Mayor.