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Waterfront Fast Fact #4 : On March 12, 1979, City Council officially renamed the Marina. Prince Arthur’s Landing was created!

Forty Years of Waterfront Development


North area of the Waterfront - 1969

Forty Years of Development:  Your Waterfront's History


1970      1975     1980     1985     1990     1995     2000     2005     2010

 

1967 The Waterfront Development Project develops from the Port Arthur Downtown Urban Renewal Scheme. Chronology Thumbnail 1
December 1971 Brauer is commissioned to review and make recommendations for the development of Parks.
July
1972
The Brauer Master Plan is completed. It suggests that the Marina be enlarged to provide more public access and a more park-like setting.
November
1972
First Meeting of The Waterfront Development Plan Study Committee. Minutes are taken and Terms of Reference are established. Chronology Thumbnail 2
July
1973
The Waterfront Study’s First Public Meeting is held to discuss Lakefront Park and public proposals. Chronology Thumbnail 3

October
1973

Proctor & Redfern submit concept, circulation, and technical drawings of the Waterfront. Chronology Thumbnail 5
December
1973
Report on the Flora and Fauna of the Thunder Bay Waterfront Region was released. Chronology Thumbnail 4
December
1974
The Second Public Meeting to discuss Waterfront Park and Waterfront Study is held. Chronology Thumbnail 6
 July 1975 The Report “Thunder Bay Waterfront Park” commissioned by the City of Thunder Bay is completed. The report was compiled by the Proctor & Redfern Group and Richard Strong, Steven Moorhead. Chronology Thumbnail 7
1976 Future Councillor Rita Ubriaco publishes two articles in the local paper entitled: “Not Enough Money for Marina’s First Stage” and “Marina Park to be Built This Summer.” Article on the Thunder Bay Waterfront
1976-1979 Funding is made available under the Urban Renewal Program, triggering the development of the Park – starting with the north end.
January
1977
The Parks Assistance Act awards the City $25,000 for Waterfront development. Chronology Thumbnail 8
1978 Stead & Lindstrom completes a contract for the construction of 60 docks on North side of Pier 1, and the Canadian Pacific Railways finishes improving the railroad crossings at the Waterfront Park.
September
1978
Mayor Walter Assef presides over the Ceremonial Dedication and Official Opening of the Waterfront, and in his public address he invites the 200 citizens in attendance to “grow with the park.”
October
1978
Richard Moore, Senior Landscape Architect with Proctor & Redfern, publishes a summary of the dedication and proposes future plans in an article entitled, “Thunder Bay’s Dramatic New Waterfront.” Chronology Thumbnail 9
December
1978
Priorities are set for the following fiscal year: roads, parking, sidewalks; water, sanitary, electrical services; landscaping; Pier 1-60 slips; and shore treatment. Chronology Thumbnail 10
1979 Thunder Bay Harbor Improvements constructs 64 docks between Pier 1 and Pier 2, and LeBrun Contracting builds the main parking lot in the Waterfront Park.
March
1979
City Council concurs to adopt “Prince Arthur’s Landing” as the Marina’s official name. Chronology Thumbnail 11
July
1979
The Seamen’s Monument is completed and dedicated to the City of Thunder Bay.
October
1979 
The first Ad Hoc Marina Operations Committee Meeting is held. The Committee has been organized to address the growing concerns of Marina users, and serves to help analyze problems related to the operation of the Marina.
To improve accessibility, an additional roadway is built to provide access for service vehicles.
November
1979
Welcomeship management writes a letter to Mayor Dusty Miller making recommendations for better accessibility. In response, a through road and parking spaces are built on the main pier.
1980 A report is released outlining priorities: Launch ramps, Pier 1, Pier 2, Pier 3, CN Building, and Visual Arts Building. Chronology Thumbnail 12
Corresponding contracts are awarded to LeBrun, Thunder Bay Harbour Improvements, and Public Works Canada. 
January
1980
The third Ad Hoc Marina Operations Committee meeting is held. The decision to close the piers to the public for security reasons is made.
February
1980
The Ad Hoc Marina Operations Committee meets for a fourth time and decides to form a non-profit municipal organization, Marina Advisory Committee.
March
1980
Ad Hoc Marina Operations Committee Meeting six is held and security fencing, traffic, concessions, and dock maintenance are discussed.
May
1980
Thunder Bay Police starts the teen patrol program to help control vandalism at the Marina.
August
1980
Sailors discuss the possibility of using the new portion of the CN Station for a marina service building, while IKOY architects use the old section for a restaurant.
September
1980
By-law 307-1980 is passed to install breakwaters at the Marina, in order to protect the harbor from the full impact of waves.
Canada Summer Games Society donates $263,500 for the development of: CN Station renovations, a floating dock on Pier 1 and a small launch ramp, relocation of existing docks, a jib crane and foundation, and a laser dock.
January
1981
A statement is released showing that to this date, under the Parks Assistance Act, the Province had donated $50,000 to the Marina. The City responds that it will match the donation.
April
1981
The Marina Advisory Committee meets for the first time. The Committee provides input and serves as a communication link between the Parks and Recreation Department and interest groups to assure the effective operation of the Marina. Marina Development Status Report 
A detailed status report on development of the Marina is released.
May
1981
 

Council resolves that the CN Building is to become a transportation museum.

July
1981
The Marina Service Building is completed. The construction is carried out by A.J. Wing and Sons Construction, as envisioned by Fraser and Browne Architects.
August
1981
The Canada Summer Games take place in Thunder Bay.
September
1981
Projects and priorities for the development of the Park for 1982 are laid out as: Completion of work on Pier 2 and 3, interconnecting pathways at Pedestrian Bridge, construction of large berths, and vehicular access to Pier 3. Chronology Thumbnail 13
The Waterfront Park wins a Citation Award in the 1980 Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Professional Awards Competition.  Chronology Thumbnail 15
July
1982
City Council resolves that the Parks and Recreation Department must establish a concession at the Marina in the area of the present service centre.
March
1983
City Council discusses the condition of the Marina road. Council agrees that a study of the Marina road issue would be beneficial to the Marina’s development.
July
1983
The Marina Park Survey is conducted. More than 965 people participate. Chronology Thumbnail 16
October
1988
City Council ratifies Report No. 524/88 and directs the Parks and Recreation Department to undertake a feasibility study to determine the potential for recreational development in the South Waterfront area.
November
1989
The first public meeting for the 1990 Waterfront Study is held at Wesley United Church. More than 30 people participate in a question-and-answer session.
March
1990
The second public meeting for the 1990 Waterfront Study is held at Victoriaville Mall.
September
1990
The Waterfront Tourism & Recreation Plan Final Report, commissioned by the City of Thunder Bay, is submitted. Chronology Thumbnail 17
1992 The contemporary art sculpture “Animikii – Flies the Thunder,” designed by Anne Allardyce, is installed in the Kaministiquia River Heritage Park. Chronology Thumbnail 18
October
1994
Tom Jones Ltd. completes the Marina Pedestrian Overpass. Chronology Thumbnail 19
1994-1995 The Woodside Foundry, or Port Arthur Iron Works, is demolished.
1995 Marina Operational Review: The Final Report is brought to City Council. Priorities for Waterfront Development in 1995 include: Pedestrian and bicycle paths, outdoor performance stage, and rowing club facility. Chronology Thumbnail 20
January
1995
The Can-Ontario Infrastructure Works Program funding of $5,128,000 for Waterfront Tourism Rehabilitation is budgeted to expand Kaministiquia Heritage Park and renovate the CN Station and Visual Arts Building.
June-July
1997
Two workshops are held with the Steering Committee, government, landowners, and interest groups concerning the development of the waterfront. Approximately 100 people attend the public forum.
January
1998
The Next Wave Report – Charting a New Course for Thunder Bay’s Waterfront is completed. Chronology Thumbnail 21
December
2000
The Canadian National Railroad Elevator, Pool 6 is demolished in a nationally televised explosion.
February
2002
Access to North Waterfront – An Environmental Study Report is completed by R.V. Anderson Associates Limited.
July
2002
The Riverfest, or “Festival of the River,” is held for the first time at Kaministiquia Heritage Park. Chronology Thumbnail 23
December
2005
The Waterfront Development Committee reforms as an advisory group to inform City Council of the progress on the development of a 10-year vision for Thunder Bay's 52 km of waterfront.
2007 The first Superior Youth Festival is held. It includes alternative performers, on-site concessions, free draws, an artisan market, community group booths and a variety of other activities. Chronology Thumbnail 24
March
2007
Imagine our Waterfront - the working vision for the waterfront is released. Working Vision of the Waterfront 2007
September
2009
Riverfest is combined with the Fort William Street Festival. Riverfest reacquaints the public with the beauty, history, and recreational opportunities the waterfront offers. Chronology Thumbnail 25
The first issue of Waterfront E-Newsletter is produced on Sept. 29, 2009. The Waterfront Development Facebook Page is created.
October
2009
The train caboose is moved from Pier 3 to the entrance of the Marina at Pearl Street. Chronology Thumbnail 26
2011 Merchant Marine Monument is moved from the former Thunder Bay Paterson office to the Kaministiquia Heritage Park.

 

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