Upgrades planned for Stewiacke River Park

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - Several of Colchester County's municipal parks are to receive some sprucing up and new playground equipment if conceptual plans all come to fruition this year.
New swings and a modern play structure, with an estimated cost of $33,000, is planned for the Stewiacke River Park.
Plans for the site also include removing four old vault toilets and creating accessible path connections.
Further upgrades are planned for the coming years.
As well, nautical-themed playground equipment, estimated at $30,000, is planned for the Five Islands Lighthouse Park.
Other park improvements planned for this year include a post and beam picnic shelter, a composting toilet, accessible paths with look-off spots and rest areas, barbecues and entrance and road signs.
Plans for next year include interperative panels, wooded trails and playground climbing rocks.
Parks and Trails co-ordinator Hillary Pacquet said an application had been made for the county to receive $80,000 in funding for the park improvements.
At the other end of the county in Nelson Memorial Park, Tatamagouche, this year's upgrading plans call for removing an A-frame office building, a small shed and lining the path to a picnic area with crusher dust.
Enhancements are also to be made to the waterfront area, along with landscaping improvements.
This year's plans also call for a decommissioning of the outdoor pool, which Colchester County council heard has been a money-losing venture for years.
Pool revenue last year, for example, amounted to $788 while lifeguard salaries alone cost $5,200. Staff also spent $3,000 just trying to find a leak in the pool.
It is expected a public meeting will be held before a final decision is made.
"Before the big, bad county pulls the plug on it, maybe we should have a community meeting," Coun. Bill Masters suggested. "I don't have a problem with what we're doing," Masters added, but he wants to ensure the community knows the reason for the intended pool closure.

Organizations: Colchester County council

Geographic location: Stewiacke River Park, Colchester County, Nelson Memorial Park Tatamagouche

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