Beach gets some help

Long-over­due facelift for East­ern Shore park

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Lawrencetown Beach is get­ting a long-over­due facelift.

Failed in­fra­struc­ture weak­ened by years of ex­po­sure to coastal el­e­ments at the pop­u­lar East­ern Shore sea­sonal park and surf­ing beach meant it was time, said Darrell Comeau, area man­ager for the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources for Hal­i­fax East.

“A lot of in­fra­struc­ture there was show­ing some wear,” he said.

“We took the opportunity to re­place a rot­ting board­walk. It was be­com­ing a bit of a health and safety con­cern for the pub­lic.”

Crusher dust on the At­lantic View Trail that flanks the beach packs down well and will weather bet­ter as a nat­u­ral el­e­ment, he said. And a greenspace de­vel­oped on the beach’s east end has been sod­ded, with bor­der­ing boul­ders and pic­nic ta­bles to be added shortly.

“It’s nice to see the up­grades hap­pen.”

Por­ta­ble toi­lets haven’t dis­cour­aged beach­go­ers, Comeau said, as the park­ing lot ap­peared to have as many as 200 cars in the park­ing lot Fri­day.

The com­fort sta­tions will be up and run­ning again by next Fri­day. Dam­aged wa­ter pip­ing is get­ting a new hookup to lines to an ex­ist­ing well about 1.5 kilo­me­tres from the beach, thanks to di­rec­tional drilling.

The pro­ject is com­ing in ahead of sched­ule, with a bud­get of $80,000.

“This will al­low peo­ple to go out and en­joy the beach. Peo­ple are ex­cited about it,” he said.

Come mid-Septem­ber, con­sul­ta­tions will be held with lo­cal stake­hold­ers and com­mu­nity groups to help give di­rec­tion for ad­di­tional DNR up­grades in the area, Comeau said.

“We wel­come that be­cause they’re the ones that use it. They are the ones en­joy­ing it ev­ery sin­gle day,” he said.

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