HAMILTON, ON, July 28, 2015 /CNW/ - David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the intent to transfer of the Marine Discovery Centre to the City of Hamilton.
The Harper Government is proud to work with the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Waterfront Trust to support waterfront development and to promote opportunities for residents and visitors to experience Hamilton's waterfront. This will allow for economic benefits and increased tourism.
This intent to transfer the Marine Discovery Centre will also allow opportunities to expand and attract new types of development aimed at enhancing the area as a community and recreational destination. The transfer of the Marine Discovery Centre to the City of Hamilton will add to the future of Hamilton's flourishing waterfront.
- Located on Pier 8, the 18,000 square foot Marine Discovery Centre draws its inspiration from marine themes, including ecology, conservation and shipbuilding.
- The Marine Discovery Centre was designed by Zeidler Grinnel Partnership Architects and built by Hamilton-based Kemp Construction Ltd.
- The steel roof of the Marine Discovery Centre is shell-shaped, and the ceiling resembles a canoe in the making. A thirty-foot-high grand foyer and views of Hamilton Harbour greet visitors as they enter.
"Our Government is supporting the economic development of Hamilton's waterfront. The intent to transfer the Marine Discovery Centre will create economic opportunities and attract new types of development aimed at enhancing the area as a community and recreational destination."
David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale
"The ownership of this land means we are able to explore opportunities to enhance the site. Thanks to MP David Sweet for being partners and sharing the vision for keeping the West side of the harbour fully in the hands of the City of Hamilton."
Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton
SOURCE Parks Canada
For further information: Jonathan Lefebvre, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Media Relations, Parks Canada, 1-855-862-1812, [email protected]