Province pumping another $1.5 million into Cupids
Visitors to Cupids this summer should be pleased to learn that no stone has been left unturned in preparation for their visit - right down to upgrading the town’s sewer system.
The province is pumping another $1.5 million of public money into municipal capital works in the town.
The money will go towards upgrading the sewer system under Seaforest Drive, improvements to Pointe Beach and the Three Flags viewing platform.
Acting Minister of Municipal Affairs Tom Hedderson said the funding “ will support landscaping and cleanup efforts, and secure municipal infrastructure to ensure that the town is well-prepared for anniversary celebrations planned for this summer.”
Mayor Ronald Laracy said, “ this is a very significant and worthwhile investment in our town. It will enable the town... to prepare for the thousands of visitors coming to our town this year and will benefit all residents in future years.”
This will bring to $5.3 million the amount of money the province will have pumped into the historic Conception Bay town in support of its 400th anniversary celebrations and related activities.
Work on the capital works projects is expected to be completed by early summer.
Along with money provided earlier for the Cupids Legacy Centre, Tourism, Culture and Recreation Minister Terry French said this “ will enable the town to celebrate in style, and to have a lasting heritage and tourism attraction that will ensure long-term economic benefit to Cupids and the entire region.”
The Conception Bay South MHA suggested, “ the Cupids400 celebrations will focus national and international attention on this historic community - the first English colony established in Canada.”
The Legacy Centre, the future home of the Cupids museum, will feature interpretative exhibits focusing on Newfoundland and Labrador’s early English history, a history/genealogical resource centre, and a multi-purpose hall. It will also house an archaeology lab and more than 150,000 artifacts uncovered since 1995 at the Cupids Cove Plantation archaeological site.
John Guy of Bristol , England, along with 38 colonists, arrived at Cupids - then known as Cupers Cove - in August 1610. The events around the 400th anniversary celebrations in Cupids this year, which will culminate in a week of activities from August 17-22, are projected to inject $15 million into the provincial economy.