Spa­niard’s Bay cel­e­brat­ing 50th year of in­cor­po­ra­tion

Town set for a promis­ing fu­ture

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

The Town of Spa­niard’s Bay will be cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary of in­cor­po­ra­tion on June 8. The town con­tin­ues to grow and ap­pears set for a bright fu­ture mov­ing for­ward. With the Vet­eran’s Me­mo­rial Busi­ness Park and an up­com­ing move to a new coun­cil build­ing on the hori­zon, things are trend­ing up­wards.

As­light mist set­tles over the Town of Spa­niard’s Bay on the af­ter­noon of May 19.

Feet be­low the ceme­tery on Brown’s Road, cars and peo­ple move about their day like ants in a colony. They’re run­ning er­rands, per­form­ing daily tasks and all for the bet­ter­ment of them­selves, and by ex­ten­sion the com­mu­nity-at large.

The sun is shin­ing as res­i­dents go about tend­ing their gar­dens, shoot­ing hoops at the play­ground and mending fences. In the dis­tance, the shrill of a power tool from a nearby au­to­mo­tive cen­tre fills the air.

Spa­niard’s Bay is a busy spot, more so than you might re­al­ize when pass­ing through the com­mu­nity along the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way. Just re­cently, the town com­pleted ren­o­va­tions to one of its ball fields and has eyes on a soc­cer pitch in the near fu­ture.

The town will cel­e­brate its 50th year of in­cor­po­ra­tion this sum­mer. Over the half cen­tury, the town has seen many changes in both pop­u­la­tion and ser­vices avail­able to its res­i­dents.

From this high up, you no­tice a cou­ple of things. Chief among those is a town that of­fers its res­i­dents a plethora of ameni­ties. From the wharf head­ing to­wards Bish­ops’s Cove to Holy Redeemer El­e­men­tary, there is plenty the town has to of­fer right now and has the po­ten­tial to grow even more.

“It’s just a mat­ter of watch­ing where you’re go­ing and play­ing your cards right,” says Mayor Tony Men­chions.

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