St. Catharines gets $4.4 million from province to clean up Sunset Beach

Published March 27, 2023 at 10:06 am

St. Catharines Mayor Mat Siscoe is flanked by St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens, Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff and city staffers at Friday' announcement about improvements to Sunset Beach. (Photo: Mat Siscoe Twitter)

Sunset Beach in St. Catharines is about to get a major clean-up, starting this year, after the Province gave the city a $4.4 million grant.

City staff applied for the improvement grant under the Province’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) and on Friday (March 24) held a joint press conference with St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens and Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff announcing the two-part process.

Phase One starts this fall and will include improvements to the parking lot, reconstruction of the existing boat ramp and shoreline protection efforts.

Phase Two will include improvements to existing park amenities such as trails and picnic tables and a complete replacement of the playground structure.

“This grant is going to go a long way toward achieving the community vision set out for Sunset Beach,” said Eric Lamothe, St. Catharines manager of business planning and strategic services for the City.

“We are looking forward to completing these improvements which will contribute to a more enjoyable experience for beachgoing residents.”

The provincial grant is set to cover just over 73 per cent of the total cost with the City contributing 27 per cent of the total eligible project costs, or $1.6 million.

“This investment from the province allows the City of St. Catharines to continue building the vision we have for Sunset Beach,” said Mayor Mat Siscoe.

“Improvements to the overall accessibility of the site mean that more members of the community will be able to enjoy one of the gems in our City’s north end.  Kudos to city staff, ward councillors and residents for creating a vision that I know our community will be proud of.”

Renovations are expected to begin on Oct. 1, 2023.

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