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Grand Opening Punts the Cougar Dome onto the Scoreboard

Facility Expected to Attract National and International Sporting Events

February 22, 2014 - Truro. NS

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After several years of planning, fundraising and hard work, it’s finally complete – the largest tennis and multi-sport facility of its kind east of Montreal – the Cougar Dome. This 55,000 square foot bubble holds six full-size tennis courts, a two lane 260m competition-quality running track, long/triple jump pits, a 15,000-square foot portable, multi-use turf surface that is expandable when needed, a 10-bay golf range, and a clubhouse.

The Cougar Dome first opened its doors to the public on January 2nd, but today, the community gathered together to celebrate the official grand opening. Parliamentary Secretary and local MP Scott Armstrong was onsite to help kick off this special event, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony, facility tours, and a chance to try the various activities the Cougar Dome has to offer, such as tennis, soccer, bocce ball, and golf.

The Cougar Dome encourages healthy living by offering children and adults a safe place to have fun while enjoying recreational activities year round. It also creates new economic opportunities by attracting national and international sporting events to the Truro area, such as the upcoming Tennis Junior Atlantics.

The Government of Canada announced its $300,000 investment through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) last May. The project also received investments of $100,000 from Nova Scotia Health & Wellness and $225,000 from Tennis Canada.

Quick Facts

• The Cougar Dome began with a local family that wanted to encourage and nurture recreation by creating a facility that students could access for free.
• Free access is offered to all students, approximately 22,000, within the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, including the École acadienne de Truro.
• Within the first few weeks of opening, the Cougar Dome hosted two large-scale events - The New Brunswick/Nova Scotia Tennis Open Circuit on January 18th, followed a week later by the largest indoor throws event in Nova Scotia history.
• The Cougar Dome’s tennis courts are fully booked for the Junior Atlantics (February 28 to March 2). Hundreds of athletes, coaches and their families are expected to visit the region.


“Our Government is pleased to support infrastructure projects across the country like the Cougar Dome. The Cougar Dome is a one of a kind complex in Atlantic Canada that is a perfect fit for a one of a kind community that converts ideas into economic opportunities. By investing in community infrastructure, we are helping to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.”

Scott Armstrong
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)

"As a longtime athlete, I know sports can play a big part in helping all of us live healthier, more active lives. I encourage all Nova Scotians to find an activity they enjoy -- like golf, tennis or running a few laps around the Cougar Dome track -- and make it part of their regular routine."

The Honourable Leo Glavine
Minister of Health and Wellness, and Seniors - Kings West

“I am very proud of what we, as a community, have accomplished here. The number of people who have offered to volunteer their time during the build has been overwhelming. In fact, there is a waiting list! Through this entire process, one thing has been clear – we have a strong, cohesive community which shares a passion for sports and a better tomorrow.”

Scott Annand
President of the Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence

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Associated Links

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Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul Moore
Acting Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-3470 / 902-222-3360 (cell)

Tony Kiritsis
Media Relations Advisor
Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
902-483-7887 (cell)

Tanya Colburne
Facility Director
Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence