First Lassy Days planned
a small fraction of its 310-year history, dating back to 1705.
Part of that history can be found in the old United Church, which has been turned into a museum.
The United Church building was turned over to council for a nominal fee of one dollar. A heritage committee was formed and the church was designated as a municipal/provincial heritage site.
Two new seniors apartments have gone up recently and excavation is underway for a third. A building, which previously housed the Discovery Centre is being renovated into a 15-unit apartment building.
The mayor pointed out land is also being cleared in an area known as “ the valley” where a developer is interested in building homes for sale.
Approximately 50 businesses currently operate various enterprises in Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton.
As the older section of Spaniard’s Bay/ Tilton gradually fills in with new commercial and residential development, the only way for the town to go is to expand. “ That’s what the future holds for Spaniard’s Bay - expansion,” Drover says.
Working with town manager Tony Ryan, council last year approved a new 10-year development plan.
With less demand for agricultural land and more for housing
Part of that plan will accommodate a new major development within the town’s boundaries. Described as a “power centre” the new development to be located on 240 acres of crown land will see big box stores opening in the area east of Veterans Memorial Highway. The site will rival similar developments in much larger centres such as St. John’s and Mount Pearl.
As it looks back over its past, but more especially towards its future, Spaniard’s Bay/ Tilton certainly has a lot to celebrate this year.
To mark the special occasion, the town is planning its first Lassy Days from Aug. 6-9.
CURRENT COUNCIL – Flanked by Town Clerk/Manger Tony Ryan and Deputy Mayor Tony Menchions is current mayor John Drover who was elected Mayor in 1997. Standing from left are Councillors Wayne Smith, Sheri Collins, Calvin M. Noseworthy, Brenda Seymour and Eric Jewer. TOWN HALL - Besides the council chambers and town administration offices, the Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton town hall also houses the area’s Seniors Resource Centre. The building at left rear is the fire hall.
TILTON - Tilton had its own separate town council before it was annexed to Spaniard’s Bay about 19 years ago.
HAROLD FRASER GOSSE MEMORIAL PARK overlooking the harbour is another landmark and popular tourist attraction in Spaniard’s Bay/Tilton.