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Province Supports Pen Lake Park Makeover

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

MARATHON - Plans to refurbish this community's only municipal campground are being supported by an investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC),  Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"We are on the side of northerners -- northerners who want to make their communities more vibrant, more inviting, and more attractive to new investment and prosperity," said Gravelle. "We are delighted that our provincial funding will contribute to helping restore this precious community asset to the highest standards and provide new opportunities for local residents and visitors to enjoy the unequalled beauty of our region."

The NOHFC is providing $275,000 toward a major three-phase refurbishing project at Penn Lake Park, which was bequeathed to the municipality by the local Lion's Club in 2005.  The park is the only campground within several kilometres of Marathon.  The project includes addressing the immediate needs for infrastructure repair and replacement to make the park an appealing travel destination, additional infrastructure development essential for the park to function efficiently, as well as various elements that will enhance the overall aesthetics of the facility to create a sense of welcome and unique experience for visitors. The municipality is currently pursuing funding from the federal government to enable the project to proceed.

"A project of this magnitude would cause a rippling of positive effects in the community," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "It would increase visitor traffic and economic activity in the summer months, instill a greater sense of pride among residents and help promote Marathon and Northwestern Ontario as unique tourist destinations."

This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern tourism.  Others include:

•    $600,000 per year over the past three years to help boost tourism in the North's five major cities

•    $510,000 to upgrade the infrastructure at Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay

•    $200,000 to support production and distribution of the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters Association's 2007 Outdoor Adventure Guide.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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