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County introduces new program for low-income families

Low-income families in the County of Grande Prairie will soon have an easier time using local recreation facilities. The County has brought in a new program to give them access at a discounted rate.

Child, Youth, Family and Community Team Leader for the County Lisa Watson says in order for families to qualify for the Recreation Fee Assistance Program they will need to meet a set of criteria.

“There are low-income cut-offs that are established so an individual or family would have to qualify below those cut-offs. They would also need to produce a notice of assessment from their previous tax year as well as ID and a completed application”

Watson adds that all applicants must be at least 18 years old and prove that they live in the County.

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The program would give qualifying families a ten-visit punch pass to access the Eastlink Centre, Crosslink County Sportsplex, and the Beaverlodge Recreation Centre. The county has devoted $10,000 to the pilot project this year, which Watson hopes people will take advantage of.

“We’re really hoping that people are accessing and qualifying for the program to be able to access the recreational facilities identified so they can get out and have access to recreation of their choosing,” Watson says.

To find out more information or to fill out an application, visit www.countygp.ab.ca/rfa.

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