EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $500,000 to make improvements at de la République Provincial Park. Premier David Alward made the announcement today.

"As we rebuild New Brunswick's economy, one of our priorities is to make strategic investments that will enhance the visitor experience for visitors to the province," said Alward. "Given de la République's proximity to the World Acadian Congress events to be held in 2014, it is essential that we prepare it for the influx of visitors. This investment in the park's infrastructure will help us attract more visitors and better serve them once they arrive."

Upgrades, to be undertaken this fall, will include installing water supplies at each campsite; upgrading electrical outlets at 37 sites; renovating the washroom and camping clean-up facilities; and surfacing and paving campground roads and parking lots.

"The tourism industry brings an estimated $1 billion a year into our province," said Alward. "We have an opportunity to foster growth by modernizing our tourism products and our parks, and we will see benefits now and into the future. These investments will benefit the local and provincial economy."

The upgrades are expected to result in a better camping experience and to increase the number of visitors to the park.

De la République Provincial Park, opened in 1974, welcomes an average of 44,000 visitors each year.