By Eric Bourque
The federal government is contributing over $77,000 for two recreation-oriented projects in the Municipality of Argyle, one that will help with trail development, another that will benefit swimmers and other water users at Glenwood Provincial Park.
The Yarmouth County Trail Development Association will receive $57,400 to grade and resurface 10 kilometres of trail, while the Municipality of Argyle (and co-applicant the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources) will get $19,880 to improve shoreline access for swimmers and non-motorized boats at Rickers Lake (Glenwood Park).
West Nova MP Greg Kerr announced the funding for both projects Nov. 30 at the Argyle municipal office in Tusket. The money comes from the federal Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. Kerr announced the funding on behalf of Bernard Valcourt, minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
Referring to the trail and shoreline projects, Kerr said, “These are the kinds of things that really serve the community so well.”
The trail work will help prevent water accumulation and erosion and increase the lifespan, safety and accessibility of the trail system, according to the funding announcement.
Ron Day, president of the Yarmouth County Trail Development Association, spoke of the local trail’s potential to become a “world-class hiking and recreation destination.”
He added, “This investment and the work accomplished by our community volunteers and supporters is a big step in seeing this dream become a reality.”
The Glenwood Park project will include excavation and grading, the installation of stairs to the water’s edge, construction of a change house and the addition of new benches, picnic tables and garbage receptacles.
Argyle Warden Aldric d’Entremont said the municipality welcomes the federal funding for both projects.
“The Glenwood Park and the mutli-use trail in Argyle are important components of our municipality’s recreational offerings,” he said. “By improving these facilities, we are creating opportunities for residents and visitors to appreciate this area’s natural beauty and creating economic opportunity for our communities.”
Kerr offered a similar assessment, saying, “These projects will enhance the quality of life in our communities while also generating economic activity and jobs.”