“I am proud to see the legacy of Leif Erikson Park enter a new phase,” said MP Kerr in a media release. “This park is significant historically and has an important role to play in building prosperity and recreational opportunities for this community for many more years to come.”
A federal investment of $125,000 is supporting work that will improve the accessibility and functionality of the park. Access through the gorge area of the park will be improved, existing trail walkways will be upgraded with new timbers and asphalt, the picnic areas will be expanded, and two concrete look-offs will be created.
“From this park, people can enjoy the view of working fishing boats, become mesmerized by the beauty of the sea, hike along the scenic trails, picnic with their families, and see what Samuel de Champlain may have when he landed here in 1604,” said Murray Goodwin, Warden, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth said in the media release. “This work will improve the safety, accessibility and beauty of this local treasure and create a more memorable experience for all visitors.”
In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government of Canada Government announced further support to help communities across the country modernize their infrastructure, committing $150 million over two years for the fund. The fund supports projects that look to improve existing community infrastructure, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural and other community facilities.
The fund supports, on a cost-shared basis, repairs and improvements to existing community infrastructure that is accessible for use by the public. Recipients of the fund may receive contributions of up to $1 million and must leverage a minimum of 50 per cent of funding from other sources.