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August 26, 2013
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PEI 2014 Fund supports the Historic Hillsborough River Commons legacy project

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Significant changes to the entrance of Charlottetown from the Hillsborough Bridge will stand as legacy to the PEI 2014 celebrations. The Historic Hillsborough River Commons, a project submitted to the PEI 2014 Fund by the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC), will create a more welcoming gateway to the capital city and will benefit from a PEI 2014 Fund large grant.

“This project truly captures the three pillars of the PEI 2014 Fund – honouring the past, celebrating the present, and planning a bold tomorrow,” says Minister of Tourism & Culture, Robert Henderson. “We’re thrilled to see how the PEI 2014 Fund is helping to benefit and beautify communities from all across the Island including the capital city.”

The Historic Hillsborough River Commons project will create a pedestrian-friendly space that includes historic interpretive panels in English, French and Mi’kmaq that tell the story of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference; public art, flag poles, benches and landscaping.

“The City’s vision when we proposed this project was to further enhance the existing entrance creating a more vibrant gateway into the Capital,” says Charlottetown Mayor, Clifford Lee. “The Hillsborough River Commons area will pay tribute to Charlottetown’s identity as the Birthplace of Confederation while also creating an appealing public space that tourists and residents alike will want to explore.”

Funding partners for the project scheduled to be unveiled in the spring of 2014 include the Government of Canada, the City of Charlottetown and CADC. See below for a full list of funding partners.

“The 1864 Charlottetown Conference was one of the most important events in the history of our nation so I think it’s important to pay tribute to that fact at the entrance to the city where the conference took place,” says John Horrelt, Chair of the PEI 2014 Community Advisory Committee. “This, along with so many other projects across the Island made possible by the PEI 2014 Fund, will help make 2014 a remarkable year for Prince Edward Island.”

In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. PEI 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations. The PEI 2014 celebrations are made possible through generous support from the Government of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada. The year-long and province-wide PEI 2014 program of events will honour the past, celebrate the present and plan a bold tomorrow.


Following is the list of funding partners for the Historic Hillsborough River Commons project.

Department of Canadian Heritage ~ $321,250

PEI 2014 Inc. – PEI 2014 Fund ~ $200,000

City of Charlottetown ~ $75,000

Charlottetown Area Development Corporation ~ $38,750

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. ~ $5,000

Charlottetown Harbour Authority ~ $2,500

Media Contact: Andrew Sprague
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