In 2008 the city of Fredericton entered into a Recreational Service Agreement with the Minister of Local Government on behalf of participating Local Service Districts for the use of city recreational facilities. This agreement stipulates the payment of money to the city collected through local property taxation to avoid a high cost burden to individuals and families who use city facilities. The Hanwell LSD opted to become a participant after a vote was taken at a public meeting.
The money was earmarked by Fredericton toward capital costs for construction of facilities, especially the Grant Harvey Centre, as well as operating costs.
The Hanwell rural community is still bound by the Agreement and money collected for this purpose is shown in the municipal budget as a portion of Recreation & Community Services.
Recreational Services that are shared are outlined in Schedule C of the Agreement.