Wells Community Centre Official Opening Marks a Milestone for Rothesay

December 15, 2023 – Rothesay, NB

Today, Rothesay Mayor Dr. Nancy Grant announced the Official Opening of the new Wells Community Centre located at 75 French Village Road. She was joined by Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, and the Honourable Ted Flemming, Attorney General, Minister of Justice, and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rothesay.

Nestled amidst the scenic beauty of Wells Recreation Park, the new 2,600-square-foot Community Centre, designed by Acre Architects, represents the culmination of the vision for an integrated park, tying together diverse amenities for the benefit of the community. It will serve as a central hub, complementing existing features like the fenced-in dog park, multiple sports fields, playground, and the extensive network of multipurpose trails. The new building includes community event space, a residential kitchen, public park washrooms, and a 1,150-square-foot covered canopy for outdoor gatherings.

Rothesay Council confirmed their support for the schematic design proposal of the new Wells Community Centre project at the June 13th, 2022, Council meeting. Rothesay received a $500,000 non-repayable contribution through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and $486,000 from the New Brunswick Regional Development Corporation (RDC), contributing to the realization of this important community project.

The Wells Community Centre stands as a significant investment in the well-being and growth of the community, serving as a hub for recreation, learning, and social activities for residents of all ages. Today’s open house gathered people together to celebrate the culmination of hard work, collaboration, and community that brought the Centre to fruition.


“The opening of the Wells Community Centre shows the positive impact we can have on our communities when we work together.  I am so pleased to see the fantastic results of this project that I know will serve and benefit Rothesay and the surrounding area for many years to come.”

-Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay on behalf of the Honourable Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA


“I am thrilled to see the Wells Community Centre come to life. This facility is a result of the dedication and hard work of the community, supported by crucial funding from regional and federal partners. It will undoubtedly become a central hub for various activities, contributing to the overall vibrancy of Rothesay.”

– The Honourable Ted Flemming, Attorney General, Minister of Justice, and Member of the Legislative Assembly for Rothesay


“The Wells Community Centre represents a testament to our commitment to fostering community well-being. It is a space where residents can come together, create memories, and build lasting connections. I am honored to officially open this facility that will enhance the quality of life for Rothesay residents.”
– Dr. Nancy Grant, Mayor of Rothesay


Charles Jensen
Director of Parks and Recreation

Ann Kenney
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Communications Director
Regional Development Corporation (RDC)

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