Beach vol­ley­ball courts tem­po­rar­ily spiked

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY NANCY KING nancy.king@cb­

A time-out has been called in a pro­posal to lo­cate beach vol­ley­ball courts on the Syd­ney wa­ter­front.

Deputy mayor El­don Mac­Don­ald, who is also Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity coun­cil­lor for the down­town Syd­ney area, said Tues­day the pro­posed project was blocked when the com­mu­nity mem­ber who was lead­ing the charge on it un­ex­pect­edly moved from the area. She had taken the lead on seek­ing fund­ing and part­ners for the ini­tia­tive and had worked on sim­i­lar projects in other ar­eas.

“Right now it’s fair to say the project’s on hold. I don’t know if it will go for­ward,” Mac­Don­ald said Tues­day. “We would have been there to as­sist her with any in-kind sup­port or sup­port that we could pro­vide, de­pend­ing on how the project would be mov­ing for­ward.”

Mac­Don­ald said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is pre­pared to work with any other com­mu­nity mem­ber or group that may want to take the lead on the pro­posal.

“I’m sure our staff would be will­ing to at least con­sider that op­tion,” Mac­Don­ald said.

He ac­knowl­edged it’s not some­thing that would get on the ground this sea­son.

Vol­ley­ball Nova Sco­tia ap­proached the CBRM last year with the idea of putting an ath­lete train­ing fa­cil­ity in the Syd­ney area.

The po­ten­tial lo­ca­tion for the courts is the grassy area be­tween the Joan Har­riss Cruise Pav­il­ion and a site owned by de­vel­oper Marty Ch­ernin, cur­rently be­ing used as a park­ing lot and where he has pro­posed to build a mixed-use res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial com­plex.

The lo­ca­tion is not af­fected by a beer gar­den de­vel­op­ment un­der con­struc­tion nearby by lo­cal busi­ness­man Danny El­lis.

It was hoped that hav­ing ac­cess to ad­di­tional train­ing fa­cil­i­ties would get more Nova Sco­tians play­ing the sport. There are cur­rently vol­ley­ball clubs on the is­land and school teams have also par­tic­i­pated in the Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion.

Mac­Don­ald said one lo­cal in­door vol­ley­ball group ex­pressed en­thu­si­asm for the pro­posal but he hasn’t spo­ken with any­one from that body since the project was shelved.

Vol­ley­ball Nova Sco­tia has close to 3,000 mem­bers across the prov­ince. In Cape Bre­ton, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has roughly 400 play­ers.

An of­fi­cial with Vol­ley­ball Nova Sco­tia has said the or­ga­ni­za­tion would like to have at least five courts on the wa­ter­front.

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