(MILFORD, NS) October 12, 2016 – The Municipality of East Hants has officially opened two new river parks along the Shubenacadie River: Wickwire Station Park in Milford and Brickyard Park in Lantz. The parks join Shubie River Park in Shubenacadie as part of the water route section of The Great Trail and offer floating docks, picnic areas, look-off views and a hiking trail.
The Great Trail follows Highway 277 from Carolls corner to Brickyard Park in Lantz and offers boat launch compatibilities, picnic facilities and a short hiking trail that borders the river and follows through to a wooded area. Wickwire Station Park in Milford was built with accessibility in mind and offers outhouses constructed to accessible standards and an EZ Launch floating dock system that allows for safe launching of canoes and kayaks. The third site, Shubie River Park in Shubenacadie offers a floating dock and a newly erected picnic pavilion along the rivers' edge which was constructed in collaboration with the Shubie Halls and Grounds Community Group. Combined, the Parks make up a 23.5km section of The Great Trail which passes through East Hants.
The Municipality received funding for the project from Trans Canada Trail ($112,500) and provincial partners: Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage (Recreation Facility Development Grant, $64,500) and Nova Scotia Community Services (Community Access-Ability Program Grant, $10,000 for an accessible washroom facility and walkway to waters' edge).
"In an area known for its natural beauty, there is no better way to enjoy traveling though the Municipality of East Hants than on the Shubenacadie River. These parks are a wonderful addition to our community and provide not only a great starting point to access the river, but also a rest location for travelers coming down the historic Shubenacadie Canal on their way to the sea." – Jim Smith, Warden, Municipality of East Hants
"Projects like these allow people to come together, and investing in them is an investment in our seniors, families and youth, and in our communities as a whole. This project will help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives and help to make our communities stronger."
– MLA for West Hants Chuck Porter, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince
"These water access points, now part of The Great Trail, provide paddlers with access to the historic Shubenacadie Canal and provide a critical connection to our provincial capital in time for Canada's 150th celebrations in 2017." – Vanda Jackson, CEO, NS Trails
About East Hants Municipality
Through innovation and excellence in service delivery, East Hants provides municipal programs and services that continually enhance a healthy and sustainable community. Visit www.easthants.ca for more information on the Municipality.
Trans Canada Trail: connecting The Great Trail in 2017
It began as a bold dream in 1992: the idea of creating a trail that would be a gift from Canadians to Canadians. Since then, TCT – a not-for-profit organization – has been working with donors, partners, governments and volunteers to create an epic trail of trails offering a wide range of outdoor experiences on both land and water routes, on greenway, waterway and roadway. Every Canadian province and territory is home to its own stretch of The Great Trail, which is owned and operated at the local level.
TCT's goal is to have The Great Trail connected from coast to coast to coast in 2017, for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation celebrations.
For more information, please contact:
Cheryl Botas, Communications Officer
Municipality of East Hants
902-883-7098 ext. 219
Publicist, Trans Canada Trail
Chief Executive Officer, NS Trails