PORT HAWKESBURY: Local trail and park projects received another boost from the province.
On October 24, Richmond MLA Michel Samson announced $20,000 in funding for the Strait Area Trails Association through the province’s sustainable transportation program, Connect2.
The province also announced a $20,000 Recreation Facility Development grant for change rooms and bathrooms near the Port Hawkesbury Recreation Park.
The trails association will use the funding to finish the trail section between Tamarac Education Centre, surrounding sub-divisions, and the Port Hawkesbury Recreation Park. The association also plans to start a connection from the Oakley ballfield to the recreation park and newly refurbished basketball courts.
“The whole concept here is to have short line trail development that allows people to walk and be active rather than use a vehicle,” said Samson, pointing to some of the students who attended the announcement and helped work on the project.
“The fact that they’re even working on building the trial speaks volumes and I think it is an example of exactly what the program was hoping to accomplish. Having them here today to celebrate this investment to how this is going to benefit people of all ages in this community.”
Samson said the government relies on community groups, such as the trails association, to apply for funding so they can make such investments possible.
“The new connectors will make for a great outdoor experience for families, whether they are walking the trails, or heading to the new playground and splash pad at the recreation park,” stated Larry MacKeigan, Strait Area Trails Association president.
“This has been made possible by the dedication of community-minded volunteers and businesses and with the support of government.”
In 2014 the provincial government confirmed financial assistance for a $54,500 Recreation Facility Development grant and a $5,000 Community Recreation Capital Grant to build a splash pad.

Richmond MLA Michel Samson (front, second from the left), Port Hawkesbury Mayor elect Brenda Chisholm-Beaton (front, centre), Strait Area Trails Association president Larry MacKeigan, (front, second from the right), and local students were at a provincial funding announcement at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on October 24. Samson announced $20,000 in funding for the Strait Area Trails Association to finish work on trails in the town.
Richmond MLA Michel Samson (front, second from the left), Port Hawkesbury Mayor elect Brenda Chisholm-Beaton (front, centre), Strait Area Trails Association president Larry MacKeigan, (front, second from the right), and local students were at a provincial funding announcement at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on October 24. Samson announced $20,000 in funding for the Strait Area Trails Association to finish work on trails in the town.
Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson made the announcement on October 24 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson made the announcement on October 24 at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.