Summary

The Niagara Parks Marina Waterfront Development vision is to create a regionally unique, recreation destination appropriate to its parkway and historical river setting. Based on an exceptional public marina facility, it will develop in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, and will provide easy and convenient access to all the attractions along the Niagara Parkway.

The destination will reinforce the Niagara Parks Commission brand, maintain the pre-eminence of the Niagara Parkway, serve the regional and international boating and recreational community surrounding Niagara, and ensure a great experience for all patrons, tourists and visitors.

Investment Opportunity

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) is seeking interest from investors and/or developers to re-develop the existing Niagara Parks Marina as well as the adjacent 26-hectare (64 acre) site under a long-term land lease. The NPC is undertaking a two-stage procurement process to facilitate this investment opportunity. This process will include an information and engagement session, industry consultation meetings, draft RFP review, commercially confidential meetings and issuing of final RFP. NPC hosted the industry consultation information and engagement session in October 2016. The presentation is available here: Download Presentation

The Marina

The existing Niagara Parks Marina is along the west arm of the upper Niagara River, 9 kilometres north of the Peace Bridge and 22 km south of Niagara Falls, in the town of Fort Erie.

The approximately 26-hectare (64-acre) marina waterfront development area is comprised of the existing Niagara Parks Marina; the shoreline approximately 330 metres north and 400 metres south of the marina; and the open space land west of the Niagara River Parkway

The current marina operation is a fenced and gated zone generally confined to a pier (approximately 100 metres) and the shoreline of adjacent bays. The fenced-in area includes approximately 1.4 hectares (3.5 acres) in land area and 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in water area.

The two bays in which the docks are located are approximately equal in area and located directly north and south of the pier in what are assumed to be remnants of the large shipyard construction slips. The docks are accessible from the pier and the shoreline.

The public parking zone is located between the fenced area and the parkway and is approximately .6 hectare (1.5 acre) in size. In total functional area, the current marina facility is approximately 3.1 hectares (7.7 acres). The marina is currently serviced by a private septic system and connected to municipal water service.

The open vacant space lands between the Niagara River Parkway and Cairns Crescent, which are approximately 19 ha, were historically used as a shipyard. The existing multi-use recreation trail crosses the eastern limit of the open space land. Cairns Crescent forms the western limit of the marina waterfront development area and is also a Niagara Parks Commission roadway.

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Project Timeline

  • October 2016, Information & Engagement meeting for Investors and Developers
  • November 2016, Information and Engagement Meeting – Investors and Developers
  • November 2016 to January 2017 Niagara Parks to develop draft RFP
  • January 2017 to February 2017 Draft RFP Released – Draft released for comment from Industry to assist NPC to further understand market capabilities and business models
  • Issue RFP: March, 2017 Post Refined RFP to the Market – Based upon feedback obtained through written comments
  • April 2017 Meeting – Commercial Confidential Meetings with Investors and Developers to discuss comments received on draft RFP
  • August 28, 2 p.m. RFP Close
  • Evaluate RFP Submissions – Recommendation on preferred proponent to Commission in October 2017

Project Update

The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) has issued a draft Request For Proposals (RFP) regarding the investment and development opportunity at its Marina at Miller’s Creek. NPC is welcoming comments from interested parties on the draft RFP until February 10, 2017.

The draft RFP highlights the opportunity for the re-development, through a design, build, operate and maintain model, of the existing Niagara Parks Marina, as well as the adjacent 26-hectare (64 acre) site under a long-term land lease. The NPC is undertaking a competitive process to facilitate this investment opportunity.

NPC’s continued vision for the marina resort and its associated lands is to create a regionally unique, recreation destination, which is appropriate to the Parkway and its historical river setting. This vision is based on the establishment of an exceptional public marina/resort facility that will be developed in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. The Project is intended to reinforce the NPC brand, maintain the pre-eminence of the Niagara Parkway, serve the regional and international boating and recreational community surrounding Niagara, and ensure a great experience for all patrons, tourists and visitors.

The purpose of the draft RFP is to solicit input from interested parties to assist NPC in developing the final RFP for this project. NPC invites all stakeholders, investors and developers to thoroughly examine the draft RFP 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.

This investment and development opportunity is an important project for Niagara Parks to advance the re-development of a notable public asset, the Marina, located on the upper Niagara River. This project has also been identified by the Town of Fort Erie and the Region of Niagara as a key economic development opportunity for the municipalities.

The Niagara Parks Commission

The Niagara Parks Commission is a Provincial Crown Agency and a Corporation incorporated by an Act of the Provincial Legislature of Ontario on the 23rd of April, 1887 and continued under the Niagara Parks Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter N.3.

Niagara Parks’ mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.