PORT PERRY DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION PROJECT
Port Perry Waterfront Project
In the summer of 2008 the Federal and Provincial governments signed the Building Canada Plan in an effort to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, support a cleaner environment and enhance the overall prosperity of Ontarians.
The Township of Scugog forwarded an application to this program in the fall of 2008 for a $10.5 million Port Perry Waterfront project that included an expanded library, improved stormwater management to better protect Lake Scugog, higher density parking to accommodate the expanded facilities and promote open green-space in the waterfront area, and improvements to road safety and pedestrian accessibility in the project area.
On February 13, 2009 the announcement was made that the Township project was approved with each level of government contributing 1/3 of the cost. The necessary by-laws were passed in April 2009 to accept the funds and commence the construction.
The plans to create a cultural and tourism anchor at the Port Perry waterfront have been underway for nearly 20 years and this stimulus funding allows Phase 1 to commence. The redesign of lakefront roads, the expansion of the library and art gallery, and the redevelopment of municipally owned parks and green-space will assist in ensuring the downtown economic viability remains strong while at the same time creating short term jobs during a time of economic uncertainty.
This web-site link provides the details of the project as it evolves.
Phase 2 of the project that includes the Old Mill, the Pier and a renewed marina is not part of this phase but planning will be undertaken in subsequent years to ensure that this area becomes an integral part of the waterfront and cultural heritage of the Township.