In 1999, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) worked closely with the City of Timmins to upgrade Hollinger Park in preparation for the Shania Twain Concert that was held in the park on July 1 of that year.
The TEDC coordinated funding efforts through a Jobs Creation Partnership project that enabled the hiring of 14 construction persons to work on the project over an 8-week period.
$96,000 was also received from FedNor and $15,000 from Human Resources Development Canada (now known as Employment and Social Development Canada). This essential additional funding helped pay for the materials required to:
Upgrade the Grandstand seating area;
Replace the old sand track and field track around the perimeter of the ball park with fresh sod;
Repair the infield surface of the ballpark; and
Install the necessary hydro services required to support a concert of that magnitude.
At the time the HRDC funding was slated to be used to build a beach volleyball court at the park. The City provided approximately $101,000 in additional funding to upgrade the area, and put on the show.