Monday, February 26, 2007

Adding to the list of deficits: The gym deficit

Provincial ministers of sport have identified a brand new threat we all need to worry about: The Culture and Recreation Deficit.

While we have never heard this figure before, it now appears Saskatchewan has a $750 million deficit of gyms, swimming pools and performance theaters. Moreover, it's the taxpayers' problem.

The last significant federal investment in sport and recreation infrastructure took place in the late sixties. In Saskatchewan, efforts to enhance physical activity levels are being hampered by a lack of adequate access to facilities. The culture and recreation infrastructure deficit in Saskatchewan is estimated to be in excess of $750 million. In December, the province announced the Building Communities Program, which is contributing $100 million over three years to help communities meet some of these needs.

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