Prov­ince pump­ing an­other $1.5 mil­lion into Cupids

The Compass - - NEWS -

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.

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