The Oshawa Port Authority welcomes Oshawa City Council’s recent decision to take back the marina lands. It’s a major investment and commitment in the future of Oshawa’s waterfront, given a staff report that puts the cost of building a marina/and or boat launch and public park at $22 million, at minimum.

The cost of these major improvements has skyrocketed since the Oshawa Harbour Commission, now the Oshawa Port Authority, first offered to build a park and public launch ramp back in 2002, at no cost to taxpayers. The OPA, in concert with Port Users, wanted to build the best public launch ramp on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Although the City decided it wanted a full service marina instead, the Oshawa Harbour Commission/Port Authority didn’t give up on the idea, and raised it again during discussions with the City, federal government, and David Crombie prior to the release of his 2008 report on the future of Oshawa Waterfront. 

“We’ve always believed a boat launch and park would have tremendous community benefits,” said Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority Port Authority. “That’s why we offered to make it happen over a decade ago.” 

While the Port Authority’s boat launch and park concept was rejected, it found another way to give back to the community. The OPA was pleased to offer COMRA and the Oshawa Sea Cadets a new permanent home at the harbour, when their old home on the West Wharf North lands, was taken over by the City. 

“The Oshawa Port Authority came to our rescue when we had nowhere to go,” said Glynis Withyman, Unit Commander of the City of Oshawa Marine Rescue Association (COMRA). “I don’t think many people realize just how much the Oshawa Port Authority does for our community.”

© Port of Oshawa, 2017