01/09/2014 03:12 EST | Updated 03/11/2014 05:59 EDT

Skating rink, on-site dinners among ideas to boost visitors at Halifax Citadel

HALIFAX - An outdoor skating rink and on-site dinners are among the ideas being floated to help boost the number of visitors to the Citadel National Historic Site in Halifax.

Parks Canada is seeking proposals to develop a new master plan for the star-shaped fortress aimed at increasing paid visitation by 25 per cent within five years.

The agency says the consultant chosen for the job will be asked to review the Citadel's existing programming but it doesn't believe a full overhaul is required.

The tender says the consultant must also develop a conceptual design and determine the viability of an ice rink in the north parade of the Citadel, an indoor heritage centre and events space, as well as dinners and cooking classes.

Parks Canada says the projects could allow the Citadel to remain a full-service site year-round.

Though the fortress is currently open year-round, its programming is limited outside of peak season.

The request for proposals closes Jan. 28.

Parks Canada says the master plan will be due by July 24.