Florenceville-Bristol and ACOA will fund the modernization of key tourist sites | Spare News

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The city of Florenceville-Bristol, with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will promote its tourist, recreational and historical assets along the Saint John River.

The city and ACOA announced Tuesday, September 20 the approval of $30,000 in federal funding through ACOA’s Tourism Assistance Funds for a $60,000 project that will make improvements to the Riverside Park, Shogomoc Railroad and surrounding areas. The City will assume the balance of the project costs.

Mayor Karl Curtis welcomed ACOA’s support, stressing the importance of ensuring high quality offerings for a range of products, services and experiences that will attract residents and visitors.

“The Riverside Park and Shogomoc Railway sites are the main attractions in Florenceville-Bristol,” explained the mayor. “Our goal for this funding opportunity will enable the city to develop and manage an inventory of active transportation equipment such as bikes and paddle gear to encourage a variety of interactive trail and river adventures.”

Bobbie O’Donnell, Florenceville-Bristol’s tourism and business development manager, said the city will use the funds to buy kayaks, canoes, bikes and safety equipment like life jackets and helmets. bike.

Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for ACOA, said ACOA’s program is focused on tourism as the country recovers from the pandemic.

“With the support announced today,” said Petitpas in a press release, “Florenceville-Bristol is moving forward with a project that will improve current tourism infrastructure and increase economic opportunities in the region. acts as an important step in the recovery effort as visitors rediscover the world-class tourism experiences that Atlantic Canada has to offer.”

City officials describe Riverside Park and Shogomoc Railroad sites as focal points in the city’s multi-use trail, a proposed nine-kilometre network of active transportation trails. They explained that the trail would draw residents and visitors to an “enriching linear riverside experience from one end of the city to the other.”

O’Donnell explained that after Infrastructure Canada funding is approved, the multi-use pathway, which the city calls MUP, would be a combination of new and existing active non-motorized transportation pathways connecting part of the city to the other.

“Its course will follow the Saint John River as much as possible,” she said.

O’Donnell said those who wanted to paddle the river could already access a non-motorized launch area via a driveway next to the Shogomoc Railroad site.

City officials also note that adjacent properties celebrate Florenceville-Bristol’s relationship with the St. John River, including the Bristol Shiktehawk Aboriginal site and the estate of former factory owner Michael Welch.

O’Donnell said Riverside Park sits on the site of the former Welch estate.

The historic nature of the sites and adjacent areas reflects the community’s rich history of timber trade, river transport and commerce.

Mayor Curtis sees joint funding to improve the site as key to future development.

“Innovation is key to restoring this site as a tourist destination,” he said.

ACOA provided the funding through the Tourism Relief Fund, a $500 million national initiative created to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, provide innovative products and services to visitors and prepare to welcome travelers again.

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