More investment needed in parks and beaches says YASTA
Nova Scotia Tourism will not recommend beaches to visitors without proper parking and facilities
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.”