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Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park Gets Underway

Year-round. Connected. Ours to Celebrate.

June 2, 2008 - The City of Thunder Bay proudly opened the doors to the Prince Arthur's Landing Experience Display located in Good News on the Lake at the CN Station before breaking ground today on the first major project of the Master Plan, the Skateboard/BMX Plaza.

The themed Waterfront Display highlights the many experiences that people of all ages will be able to enjoy when Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park is fully developed. Local people are featured in the artwork. The proposed timeline for development of the expanded 35 acre mixed-use park is also included.

Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair of the Waterfront Development Committee, delivered a community update on the implementation of the Master Plan to let residents know what to expect over the summer and the coming year.

"This is an important day for our city," he said. "After decades of yearning and years of careful planning we are moving forward with a waterfront plan that will create a vibrant community gathering place that will improve our quality of life and further diversify our economy. Prince Arthur's Landing will have something for everyone."

Following the unveiling of the display and comprehensive update, attendees moved outside to the north of the pedestrian overpass to break ground for construction of the new 25,000 sq. ft. Skateboard/BMX Plaza. Once completed, the Plaza will be a significant regional facility in terms of size, quality of design, detailing and positioning within premier urban public space.

"The Plaza is a dream come true for the skateboard community," said John Kelly, President - Thunder Bay Skateboard Coalition. "Cities throughout North America have come to realize that modern skate plazas attract a broad demographic to newly developed public spaces. Namely, skate plazas attract families with children of all ages. Skate plazas bring energy and excitement to any location. Stop by The Forks in Winnipeg on any given day and you'll find loads of skateboarders and an even larger number of enthusiastic spectators."

The contract to build the Skateboard/BMX Plaza was awarded to Natural Stone and Tile of Thunder Bay. Construction is expected to be substantially completed by fall 2008.
For more information on Prince Arthur"s Landing, visit the Experience Display in Good News on the Lake at the CN Station or visit regular updates.

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Contact: Councillor Mark Bentz, Chair - Waterfront Development Committee, 577-8226