Ontario Invests to Improve Accessibility of National Historic Site in Thorold

Published on February 01, 2021

Thorold - Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, on behalf of Laurie Scott, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure, along with Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre, and Terry Ugulini, Mayor of the City of Thorold, announced funding for the renovation of the Battle of Beaverdams Park in Thorold.

The Government of Canada is investing $267,366 in the project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) of the Investing in Canada plan.  The Government of Ontario is providing $222,783, while the City of Thorold is contributing $178,266.

The project involves the construction of a new entranceway to the park with new lighting, asphalt walking trails, an accessible playground, and washroom amenities. A central plaza will be created to house historical artifacts currently in the park. Other project elements include upgrading the band shell by adding amphitheatre style seating, and drainage and landscaping improvements.

"The Battle of Beaverdams Park is not only a significant National Historic Site in Niagara, but an important community park," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"On behalf of Laurie Scott, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure, I am happy to announce our government's support, along with our federal counterparts and the City of Thorold, of the needed renovations of the park. This is great news for the residents of Thorold."

The improvements will increase accessibility for all visitors while enhancing the historic and cultural experience of the park. Commemorative monuments pay homage to those involved in the decisive Battle of Beaverdams, which occurred on June 24, 1813, and was a pivotal encounter during the War of 1812.