The City of St. John’s, in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada, has announced over $2.7 million in funding for a Quidi Vidi Park Redevelopment Project.
The Quidi Vidi Park Redevelopment Project has been identified as part of the Quidi Vidi Park Master Plan. It will include:
- An increase in the seating capacity and rest stops in the redeveloped area.
- Upgrades to the wharf near the bandstand. The new wharf will be built into the shoreline and angled towards the Regatta start/finishing line, to allow boat docking in a safe and efficient manner. The new wharf’s design allows it to be used as a viewing area for the lake, and will be a more spectator friendly part of the landscape.
- A new concession area on North Bank. The existing bank area has a steep slope from the walking trail to the Boulevard. Re-grading will provide a level terrace, creating a more useable space for outdoor events. The level area will be accessible and safe for all users, particularly for concessions during the Regatta.
- Changes to the parking area near boathouse, to improve pedestrian safety, and allow pedestrian flow through the public space.
Mayor Danny Breen calls it a commitment to outdoor recreation, adding that “the City is contributing $1.26 million towards upgrades that will enhance the overall experience of participants and spectators at the Regatta and other events that take place around the lake.”
The city’s press releases implies that enhanced accessibility, safety, and functionality of the lake will create an opportunity to host more community events at Quidi Vidi Lake in the future.