SAINT JOHN (GNB) – Funding from three levels of government will support the first phase of a revitalization plan for Dominion Park in Saint John.
These improvements will be carried out at the park’s beach, along the Saint John River.
“Dominion Park has been a longtime favourite recreation destination for residents,” said Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard. “The investment in upgrades we are announcing today will help the city take advantage of the tourism development opportunity the park presents, support the businesses that have invested here, and ultimately attract more locals and visitors to the park.”
Shephard spoke on behalf of Environment and Climate Change Minister Gary Crossman, who is also the minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
Phase 1 of the three-phase plan includes construction of a flood-resistant structure with washrooms, staff facilities and a canteen; landscaping upgrades; change rooms; and a plaza to provide better accessibility to the beach.
“Over the last two years, tourism operators have shown tremendous resilience and determination to remain open by adapting their operations and creating new and innovative experiences to attract visitors,” said Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long. “This investment will help Dominion Park, a place I spent a lot of time at as a youth, become an attractive destination and keep drawing visitors to the Saint John area, providing economic benefits throughout the region.”
Long attended for federal Official Languages Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
The provincial and federal governments are each providing $185,000 while the City of Saint John has committed about $1.1 million through its 2022 capital budget program, which includes funding from Infrastructure Canada through the Canada-Community Building Fund.
“Saint John is a city that is growing in population, and loved for our abundance of nature, water and welcoming communities,” said Saint John Mayor Donna Reardon. “We are perfectly positioned along the beautiful Bay of Fundy and incredible Saint John River water system. Our partnership to revitalize Dominion Park Beach speaks to the commitment we all share to invest in our natural assets and ensure an enjoyable quality of life for everyone in Saint John. Today’s announcement represents a first for our city, with our combined federal, provincial, municipal, corporate and community contributions representing the largest investment ever made to Dominion Park.”