The $1.44 million renovation of Regatta Walk Foreshore Reserve at Toronto was officially opened at a ceremony.
The foreshore location adjacent to the Toronto CBD, underwent a dramatic facelift with contributions from Council of $490,000 and a $950,000 grant from the Federal Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).
The upgrade includes the construction of a new amenities block, outdoor seating and café, a pavilion, environmental protection works to the lake foreshore, provision of pedestrian and cycle routes through the reserve and improvements to the foreshore jetty.
Mayor Greg Piper MP with Federal Member for Shortland Jill Hall MP, officially opened the facility with the unveiling of a plaque.
Cr Piper said, the upgrade will improve the amenity of the popular recreation area on the western side of the lake.
This is a wonderful addition to the Toronto lake foreshore and I have no doubt these improvements will attract many more people to experience and enjoy what the area has to offer,” Cr Piper said.
Mrs Jill Hall said she was pleased to see so many jobs created during the construction of the facility.
Over 20 jobs were created during the construction of the Foreshore upgrade, and importantly with the addition of the cafe and kiosk this will provide on-going economic benefit and job opportunities in Toronto,” Mrs Hall said.
The project has been designed to include passive recreation zones that attract large numbers of people within a relatively small area. The Regatta Walk Foreshore Reserve is located close to adjoining attractions including the Toronto baths, jetties, picnic areas and a playground.
The RLCIP grant allowed Lake Macquarie City Council to undertake the works and provide this wonderful recreational facility. Without the assistance of the Federal Government, this project would remain unfunded for some time.