More in­vest­ment needed in parks and beaches says YASTA

Nova Sco­tia Tourism will not rec­om­mend beaches to visi­tors with­out proper park­ing and fa­cil­i­ties

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The pro­vin­cial park at Port Mait­land Beach in Yarmouth County only has one, post­mounted, spigot for all visi­tors to ob­tain wa­ter from.

Neil MacKen­zie, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Yarmouth and Aca­dian Shores Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (YASTA), brought this mat­ter and other in­ad­e­qua­cies at lo­cal parks and beaches, to the at­ten­tion of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Yarmouth at its May 8 an­nual meet­ing.

“Any­time I’m with a pro­vin­cial (rep­re­sen­ta­tive), some­one from Tourism Nova Sco­tia or from Nat­u­ral Re­sources, I tell them how our pro­vin­cial parks need more in­vest­ment,” said MacKen­zie.

“You look at other pro­vin­cial beaches in the prov­ince and ours is just as beau­ti­ful but the in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port it is not there.

“The rest of the pro­vin­cial parks in the prov­ince have had more (fund­ing) and I know that their oc­cu­pancy rates have in­creased be­cause of it.” An­other is­sue is the lack of power to camp­ing sites at El­len­wood Park in Yarmouth County, which is a pro­vin­cial park.

He says there are no pow­ered sites in any pro­vin­cial park, south of Ris­sers Beach.

“Every park in Hal­i­fax has one, every park in Cape Bre­ton has one. It’s un­ac­cept­able.

It’s some­thing we can sink our teeth into.”

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