Big Pond Park gets facelift
St. Bernard’s-Jacques Fontaine park project gets head start
The first of a multi-phase project for Big Pond Park in the town of St. Bernard’s- Jacques Fontaine got out of the gates early thanks to an investment by NL Power.
The project was one of five beautification projects funded as part of the companies’ annual Envirofest event.
Wally Scott, a town councillor in St. Bernard’s-Jacques Fountaine, told The Southern Gazette on Thursday, June 7 that the town had applied in the past for funding but were unsuccessful in being approved.
“We applied for the Envirofest (for) four years and thank God this year we got it,” he said.
Scott, who is also the manager of regional operations with Newfoundland Power for the BurinClarenville area, explained that the town has plans to develop the area.
“We’re hoping to put a boat launch out there and a swim platform— do some work with the beaches, but this is sort of phase one, so with the help of Newfoundland Power we’ll get phase one done this year,” he said, “and hopefully in the next few years we’ll get the other phases done and get it cleaned up (there’s) a lot of activity here in the summer time.”
He noted that plans include a place for people to be able to use watercraft, water ski, as well as a designated swimming area, other plans include a walking trail, fire pit area and maybe even a place for camping.
“We talked about maybe getting some trailer lots put in here down the road to as well,” explained Scott.
The location is commonly used by locals in the area.
“It’s (a place) for people to come and go swimming or just to sunbath, whatever,” said Councillor Brenda Hodder.
NL Power communications coordinator Lee Ann Surette said the projects selected to receive funding are things that give back to the community.
“So that when we walk away today, whether it’s two-week’s time or two-year’s time, the community will come in and enjoy this hopefully for many years to come,” she said.
Surette said the project in St. Bernard’s-Jacques Fountaine fit well with their mandate.
“When you walk away you’ve got this beautiful project left for everybody,” she said.
Scott said the funding is welcome news for the community.
“We’re here and everyone seems pretty excited about getting this spot put together thanks to Newfoundland Power,” Scott said.
Scott hopes it is a place that the community can take pride in.
“It looks like there’s a lot of pride already.”
Lee Ann Surette, communications coordinator with NL Power, was hard at work planting trees in St. Bernard’sJacques Fontaine on Thursday, June 7.
NL Power volunteers, as well as members of the community came together to develop a green space at Big Pond Park.