One step closer

Ma­jor con­struc­tion on Pit Pond com­plete by end of Novem­ber

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAVE MATHIESON

Weather per­mit­ting, most work on the new Pit Pond trail in Springhill will be com­plete by the end of Novem­ber.

“We hope to have the trail part in, and the bridges in, be­fore the snow flies,” said county Coun. Maryanne Jack­son.

They also hope to have the band­stand built by that time as well.

Springhill Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom re­cently held a pub­lic meeting to dis­cuss the Pit Pond Trail De­vel­op­ment project at the Dr. Car­son & Mar­ion Mur­ray Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The trail cir­cles the Pit Pond and ex­tends out to McGee Street.

The trail will open in the spring of 2019, and will be ded­i­cated to 97-year-old June Hen­wood.

Twenty years ago, Hen­wood drew a map of a trail cir­cling the pit pond, and that map is the foun­da­tion of the work be­ing done to­day.

On Aug. 31, pro­vin­cial deputy premier Karen Casey pre­sented a $50,000 cheque to the Springhill Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom com­mit­tee at the Pit Pond. The money comes from the province of Nova Sco­tia Con­nect2 grant pro­gram.

The $50,000 grant cov­ers 50 per cent of the cost of the $100,000 trail, with $25,000 pro­vided by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cum­ber­land County, $12,500 from Springhill Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom, and $12,500 pro­vided as in-kind work.

The 2018-2019 Con­nect2 pro­gram pro­vided $600,000 to 21 projects through­out Nova Sco­tia.

All projects must be com­pleted by March of 2019 to re­ceive full pay­ment of the grant.

DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST NEWS

Maryanne Jack­son took ques­tions and sug­ges­tions dur­ing a Springhill Com­mu­ni­ties in Bloom pub­lic meeting to dis­cuss the Pit Pond Trail De­vel­op­ment project.

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