Regional Council has approved $1 million in funding for two waterfront investment projects, one in Fort Erie and the other in St. Catharines. The funding is provided through the Region’s Waterfront Investment Program.
Bay Beach Master Plan Implementation – Fort Erie, $850,000
The Bay Beach Master Plan seeks to enhance public waterfront access by creating a mixed-use destination with recreational, commercial and residential/rental accommodation facilities and activities. The implementation of the Master Plan will provide a catalyst for investment opportunities and a year-round tourism and recreation destination. Funding will be used for improvements to the Bay Beach property, including washrooms, kiosks, multi-purpose event square, pedestrian terrace and a children’s play area.
Centennial Gardens Revitalization Project – St. Catharines, $150,000
The Centennial Gardens Revitalization Project will result in improved and new amenities that will increase public use of the park, strengthen community partnerships, increase recreation opportunities, improve connections between the park and the Queenston Street community, and support neighbourhood revitalization. Funding will be used to support staircase re-construction, trail improvements, construction of a covered gathering space and tree maintenance/removal to increase access to Dick’s Creek.
The Waterfront Investment Program is a cost-sharing program with Local Area Municipalities and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. It replaces the former Lakefront Enhancement Strategy incentive program, which was refocused to better promote regional economic prosperity, leveraging return on investment, stimulating private sector investment and job creation, and public realm improvements.
"I’m pleased by the decision of Council to invest in these important projects which will create vibrant and accessible public spaces and stimulate further investment in Niagara’s valuable waterfront property. Regional Council is strengthening our communities by supporting projects like Bay Beach in Fort Erie and Centennial Gardens in St. Catharines which will generate lasting social and economic benefits for all Niagara residents."
~ Alan Caslin, Chair, Niagara Region
"We are ecstatic that the Region has chosen to partner with Fort Erie to fulfill the vision of what Bay Beach can be – not only a destination and catalyst for private investment, but also the affirmation that this thousand feet of pristine beach and the adjacent uplands are for the enjoyment of everyone."
~ Wayne Redekop, Mayor of Fort Erie
"Centennial Gardens is a beautiful park in the heart of our city. As a historic site of the former Welland Canal, the park has strong ties to our development as a city and as a region. This investment will build on the work of the city and community partners who are creating new recreation opportunities along the waterway that weaves its way through the park."
~ Walter Sendzik, Mayor St. Catharines
"This investment will ensure an incredible visitor experience, establish private-sector confidence for further investment and contribute to a quality of life that is second to none for our residents. I acknowledge and thank the Region and my Council colleagues for their support for this project, which will benefit not only Fort Erie, but all of Niagara."
~ Sandy Annunziata, Regional Councillor, Fort Erie
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