Apple Dome expansion: $5.3 million in upgrades announced for Berwick facility

Published on March 16, 2017

Jane Bustin, deputy mayor for the Town of Berwick, thanks service groups, local businesses and volunteers within the community for the roles they all played in making the second phase of the Kings Mutual Century Centre project closer to a reality. Pictured in the background is West Nova MP Colin Fraser and Mike Trinacty, a provincial government employee and town councillor in Berwick.

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BERWICK - The Apple Dome is about to get bigger and better.

Officially named the Kings Mutual Century Centre (KMCC), the modern multi-use recreation facility is in line for $5,353,877 in upgrades. The expansion and renovation project will include the construction of a new curling facility, a fitness centre and a health centre.

Representatives from all three levels of government participated in a funding announcement hosted in the KMCC March 16. They assembled in Berwick to reveal that the federal and provincial governments are each willing to kick in $1.6 million for the project.

“It will be one of the finest recreation facilities that we have in the province,” said West Nova MP Colin Fraser.

The Town of Berwick, Kings Mutual Century Centre Building Committee, Municipality of the County of Kings, Berwick Curling Club and Berwick & District Lions Club are among the numerous sponsors, community organizations and individuals that helped raise the remaining $2,153,877.

“The community has worked very hard to raise the funds and plan for the expansion. With the announcement we can now get on with the tender documents and plans for construction this summer. Many thanks to all those involved,” said George Moody, spokesperson for the Kings Mutual Century Centre Committee Building Committee, in a media release announcing the joint funding for the project.

Speaking at the well-attended announcement, Moody went on to credit late Berwick area businessman Jimmie Lamb with playing an instrumental role in helping the project come to fruition since the idea was first discussed at a community meeting 17 years ago.

“Jimmie’s heart and soul was in this project… I want to pay tribute to Jimmie for all of the help that he gave us to make this happen. I know he’s looking down saying: ‘Finally – it’s happened,” said Moody.

Jane Bustin, deputy mayor for the Town of Berwick, stressed that several businesses, local politicians, community groups, tireless volunteers and residents rallied together to ensure the next phase of the Apple Dome could be built.

“Everyone here deserves credit for what’s happening here today,” she said.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine, the MLA for Kings West, said he often praises Berwick’s fundraising approach as a model that’s worthy of note at the provincial level.

“There’s also something that’s happened here in Berwick that I’m not sure has happened across the province. I haven’t as Minister [of Health and Wellness] been able to find another community who made a commitment no matter how long it would take that all monies would be raised before the shovel went in the ground,” he said.

“It’s pretty hard to turn down a community when you’ve raised one third of the funding for what will be a project that will serve the community for the next 50 to 75 years,” he later added.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that the Town of Berwick was one of several contributors that helped raise the portion of the money that was collected at the community level.

A draft for KMCC Phase 2 shows a four-sheet curling facility being added on to the front of the existing building.

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Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine commends the citizens of Berwick for raising one third of the project cost through years of dedicated fund raising efforts. Pictured in the background is West Nova MP Colin Fraser.

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