PCSP to Expand Rainbow Gully Pitch


Government of Canada investment will help community improve artificial turf field

February 2, 2017 – Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, today announced an investment of $100,250 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) for the Town of Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s to enhance the Rainbow Gully Community Field, the town’s only artificial turf surface.

Specifically, this investment will be used to expand the community’s well-used field by an additional nine metres, bringing the field up to FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) international standards, thereby enabling the Town to host provincial and national competitions. The expanded field will also make it suitable for additional sports such as rugby and ultimate frisbee.

CIP 150 is providing up to $300 million nationally over two years to support projects to rehabilitate, renovate and expand community and recreational infrastructure as part of the Government of Canada’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The program is delivered in Newfoundland and Labrador by ACOA.


“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring communities and community groups right across the country can provide safe, reliable, quality amenities to our citizens.  The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is helping us deliver on that commitment by investing in a wide range of enhancements at fields, recreational and community centres, and playgrounds from coast to coast to coast.  In 2017, we are encouraged to come together as friends and neighbours to play, to create, to be active and to celebrate this wonderful country’s special anniversary.”

–       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“CIP 150 investments, like this one at the Rainbow Gully Field in Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s, make real and lasting impacts in our neighbourhoods, improving the spaces and facilities that are at the centre of many community activities. Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s is a growing community and soccer continues to grow in popularity all around the world. This investment will not only improve the turf’s use as a soccer pitch but will also open it up for uses by other sports and higher level sporting competitions.”

–       Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament, St. John’s East

“We are excited and proud to proceed with the expansion of the Rainbow Gully Field. This project continues our focus on investing in recreation and sport within Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s as a means of encouraging wellness and community spirit. Widening the field will increase the number of users and sports who can play in our community. We look forward to showcasing our community nationally and providing our residents, particularly those youth from the adjacent school currently under construction, the opportunity to have a state of the art recreation facility.”

–     Gavin Will, Deputy Mayor, Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s

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Paul McGrath
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Jeff Lawlor
Director, Economic Development, Marketing and Communications
Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s
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