Recognizing an opportunity to improve a key asset, the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) has issued a draft Request For Proposal (RFP) regarding its existing Niagara Parks Marina at Miller’s Creek, northwest of Fort Erie, Ontario on the Niagara River.
NPC is welcoming comments from interested parties on the draft RFP until February 10, 2017.
The purpose of the draft RFP is to solicit input from interested parties to assist NPC in developing its final RFP for the project. The investment and development opportunity is an important project for NPC’s plans to advance the re-development of the marina. The Town of Fort Erie and the Region of Niagara also see the project as a potential economic driver for their respective municipalities.
The draft RFP highlights the opportunity for the re-development – through a design, build, operate and maintain model – of the existing marina as well as the adjacent 26-hectare (64-acre) site under a long-term land lease (49 to 99 years). The NPC is undertaking a competitive process to facilitate this investment opportunity.
NPC’s vision for the marina resort and surrounding lands is to create a regionally unique, recreation destination that is appropriate to the Niagara Parkway and its historical river setting. The vision is the establishment of an exceptional public marina/resort facility that will be developed in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
NPC also envisions the project as reinforcing its brand; maintaining the preeminence of the Niagara Parkway; serving the regional boating and recreational communities; and ensuring a great experience for all patrons and tourists.
Stakeholders, investors and developers are invited to examine the draft RFP and project website (www.niagaraparks.com/marina), and to submit comments to NPC. All comments received will be considered for refinement of the final RFP in alignment with NPC’s mandate, project goals and objectives, and best procurement practices.
The site of the Niagara Parks Marina at Miller’s Creek has been utilized in a variety of ways over the years. From 1903 to 1930, the site hosted shipbuilding and repair facilities, as well as a metal foundry and fabrication factory. The marina lands were purchased by NPC in 1957, and a small boat launch was established in 1965. The current marina was developed in 1968, initially offering 54 boat slips. An additional 50 boat slips were added to the site in 1975. Currently, the marina has 135 seasonal boat slips at its disposal.
The Niagara Parks Commission, founded in 1885, is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
For more information visit www.niagaraparks.com/marina or contact Tony Baldinelli, Senior Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the Niagara Parks Commission (firstname.lastname@example.org 905-356-2241, ext. 2206).