The Town of Annapolis Royal is pleased to announce funding from the Provincial and Federal Government that will allow redevelopment of the Annapolis Royal waterfront. This will include the addition of an amphitheatre at the Petit Park location, replacement of the older portion of the boardwalk, beach access, and a boardwalk extension to allow for a platform to be built to house the Tancook Whaler project. Construction is set to begin this Fall.
Below is the Press Release from the funding announcement made August 19, 2016 and concept drawings of the project.
Press Release from ACOA:
“Annapolis Royal visitors get hands-on with heritage
Completed project will enhance downtown waterfront
August 19, 2016 – Annapolis Royal, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, today announced a $371,953 contribution, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, to assist the Town of Annapolis Royal to undertake infrastructure enhancements to the downtown waterfront.
The funding will enable the Town to construct a new outdoor amphitheatre, with tiered seating, at the upper end of the boardwalk entrance. It will host concerts, buskers and theatrical plays as well as other public events organized by local community groups. At the opposite end of the boardwalk, an interactive boat building experience will be available to community members and tourists. This unique attraction will provide visitors with the opportunity to step back in time and have a hands-on educational experience rolling up their sleeves to help build a Tancook Whaler boat. The final component of the project is upgrading the boardwalk to include an access point to the beach.
The project is also being supported by the Province of Nova Scotia with a contribution of $150,000 ($45,000 through Department of Energy’s Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program and $105,000 through Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage) and the Town of Annapolis Royal with a contribution of $135,125.
The Government of Canada remains committed to working with the Province of Nova Scotia to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and grow the Atlantic Canadian economy. Today’s announcement forms part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy’s commitment to drive economic growth in the region.
“This project reflects the type of initiatives we would like to see rural communities undertake in partnership with the federal and provincial governments under the Atlantic Growth Strategy. By enhancing and adding infrastructure to the waterfront, the Town of Annapolis Royal is taking steps to not only attract visitors to the area, but also increase the quality of life for its residents.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
“The Town of Annapolis Royal has a unique cultural connection of seafaring and the arts. Investing in infrastructure such as the boardwalk and the amphitheatre will help draw more tourists to the downtown waterfront, supporting local businesses. These enhancements and support for the arts also shows visitors that the Town of Annapolis Royal is a healthy community to lay down roots.”
– Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova
“Annapolis Royal is a prime example of culture and heritage coming together in a special place for Nova Scotians and visitors. It’s wonderful that this government of Nova Scotia investment will help residents of an historic town be healthy while also supporting the province’s heritage. I thank the citizens, the community organizations and the government of Canada for your teamwork on such a rewarding project.”
– Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
“The collaboration between the Federal and Provincial governments and the Town has fulfilled a vision to reinvent our Boardwalk to showcase our marine history and bring an interactive experience to our visitors and residents of our Town. With opportunities for economic development throughout, this is the start of an exciting time for our Town.”
– Michael Tompkins, Mayor of the Town of Annapolis Royal”