Annapolis Royal’s downtown area will get a visitor-friendly update as part of a $63,000 investment announced today, Nov. 1, by Premier Stephen McNeil. “Tourism is an important industry that employs Nova Scotians all across the province, and growing this sector benefits us all,” said Premier McNeil. “First impressions make lasting impressions on our visitors, so government and communities have to work together to make strategic investments that showcase our beautiful province and offer an enjoyable visitor experience.” The town is receiving $58,000 for an integrated downtown beautification plan that includes enhancements to George Street, the Kings Theatre boardwalk entry plaza, including seating, gateway signs along Route 8, interpretive panels along the boardwalk and trails, and upgrades to the public park. “This investment not only supports visitor-friendly initiatives, it will provide a safe and accessible place for families, children and seniors to come together and be physically active, and that is an important part of building healthy communities,” said Premier McNeil. Grant Potter Memorial Park will get $5,000 for improvements, including a new adventure hill with climbing and sliding activities, a grass play area and a series of trails that will encourage children to be more physically active. “The Town of Annapolis Royal council is thrilled with the support by the province towards the upgrades to downtown and the Grant Potter Memorial Park,” said Mayor Michael Tompkins. “The additions will create a sense of vibrancy in the downtown area which will appeal to visitors, and the park will promote physical activity among the community’s youth.” The funding is from two programs, First Impressions Program from the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, and the Community Recreation Capital Grant Program offered by the Department of Health and Wellness.