Provincial funding to assist in promoting recreational efforts

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO – Provincial grant money approved for repairs to a recreational vehicle trail in Tatamagouche is a “critical” step in allowing the project to proceed, a group spokesman says.

Tatamagouche trails association repaired a large culvert last year along the trail and plan to repair another similar one west of the village this year.

“Well, we just couldn’t do it without this funding,” said Bob Gould, secretary treasurer of the Tatamagouche Area Trails Assoc., regarding the approval of $25,357 announced Monday through the province’s Recreation Facility Development Program.

The money is to assist in the financing of repairs to a large culvert constructed of quarry stone more than a century ago on the former short line rail bed in the area, which now serves as a trail for recreational vehicles.

“We have a major repair to do west of the Village of Tatamagouche,” Gould said. “So we’re hoping to fix that.”

Similar repairs were made last year to another culvert on the trail.

Some of the money will also be used to construct a loading ramp for ATVs and snowmobiles at the trailhead in the village, he added.

The funding was included among of a total of nearly $150,000 for five projects to be undertaken within Colchester County.

In all, the province announced funding for eight projects throughout the Fundy region totaling $264,564 to help Nova

Scotians lead healthy, active lifestyles.

The four Colchester County projects and the amounts they are to receive are:

-      Londonderry Community Council, $14,000 towards a new natural play space;

- Tatamagouche Area Trails Association, $25,357

for trail upgrades,

-      Evangeline Pentecostal Camp in Debert, $21,140;

-      École acadienne de Truro, $80,000 towards a new playground.

-      Route 6 Snowmobile Club in the Tatamagouche area, 8,500 towards a new trail groomer.

Within the Fundy region, the community of Advocate Harbour is receiving $19,770 towards an outdoor ice pad and multipurpose surface, while the Town of Parrsboro is receiving $15,500 to upgrade its tennis courts.

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Organizations: Tatamagouche Area Trails, Londonderry Community Council, Snowmobile Club

Geographic location: Tatamagouche, Colchester County, Debert Advocate Harbour Parrsboro

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