Pla­cen­tia regatta site re­ceives fund­ing

The Compass - - NEWS -

The provin­cial govern­ment will be in­vest­ing in the Pla­cen­tia row­ing and regatta site.

In a news re­lease is­sued July 31, Su­san Sul­li­van, Min­is­ter of In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment, an­nounced $100,000 to as­sist with the com­ple­tion of en­hance­ments to the site.

The an­nounce­ment comes just weeks af­ter the run­ning of the 51st edi­tion of the pop­u­lar event on July 19.

“The regatta in Pla­cen­tia is a cul­tur­ally-sig­nif­i­cant event and gen­er­ates con­sid­er­able eco­nomic spinoffs for the re­gion, such as vis­i­tors us­ing lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tions and ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties. Our fund­ing of $100,000 sup­ported con­sid­er­able im­prove­ments to the Pla­cen­tia Row­ing Club’s fa­cil­i­ties,” said Sul­li­van, while tour­ing the re­fur­bished grounds.

The site is an im­por­tant one for the re­gion as it is used for more than just the regatta. This fund­ing aims to de­velop the in­fra­struc­ture nec­es­sary to take ad­van­tage of fu­ture eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Pla­cen­tia Regatta at­tracts some 12,000 vis­i­tors each year and is con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cant to tourism growth in the re­gion.

“The Pla­cen­tia Row­ing Club has done tremen­dous work in re­cent years in de­vel­op­ing the regatta into a sig­na­ture sport­ing event. With the ad­di­tion of the re­cently opened boat house, this fund­ing will greatly en­hance the site and help de­velop it into a pre­miere sport­ing venue,” said Pla­cen­tia- St. Mary’s MHA Felix Collins.

The re­fur­bish­ment to the grounds comes af­ter the pre­vi­ous govern­ment re­stored the Pla­cen­tia Boat House.

“This in­vest­ment has al­lowed us t o n o t o n l y p r o v i de a n im­proved regatta ex­pe­ri­ence, but a bet­ter year-round fa­cil­ity ready to wel­come row­ers and other wa­ter en­thu­si­asts,” said Eu­gene Collins with the Pla­cen­tia Row­ing Club.

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