January 4, 2007
For immediate release
GOVERNMENT COMMITS TO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARKS
“Our Provincial Parks are utilized by both visitors and local residents,” noted Minister Brown. “The facilities are important public spaces that people appreciate and enjoy but the reality is that many of our Provincial Parks were built in the 1960's and are in need of modernization to meet the needs of today’s users. This investment will allow us to improve services such as playground equipment, accessibility, and more.”
Over the next five years, the Province plans to spend $4.2 million on twenty Provincial Parks which includes $1.4 million toward further development of the Confederation Trail. “It’s important to have an ongoing plan for improvements to the quality of our Provincial Parks,” said Minister Brown. “We sometimes forget how important these spaces are, especially to families. Parks provide a great opportunity for families to spend time together and for all individuals to enjoy the beauty of our Island.”
“I am especially pleased that the Confederation Trail will be upgraded. Last year, a plan for further development of the Trail was prepared in conjunction with the Island’s tourism industry. This investment will allow us to proceed with a number of the recommendations made in Phase Two of the Confederation Trail Strategy, further enhancing this world-class trail system,” said the Minister.
The investment plan established by the Province will benefit Parks right across the Island which includes campgrounds, day-use parks, Brookvale Winter Activity Park and the Mill River Fun Park, as well as the Confederation Trail.
“Our Parks are key provincial tourism products and it’s very important that they meet the expectations of visitors and provide the best possible experience for all users. Maintaining the quality of our Provincial Parks is a priority set out in P.E.I.’s Five-Year Tourism Strategy and this investment will ensure that we can deliver on the recommendations of our industry business plan over the next few years,” concluded the Minister.