Big Pond Park gets facelift

St. Bernard’s-Jac­ques Fon­taine park project gets head start

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - ST. BERNARD’S-JAC­QUES FON­TAINE, N.L. Colin.far­rell@south­erngazette.ca

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.

Be­ing se­lected

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.

Com­mu­nity re­ac­tion

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.”

COLIN FAR­RELL/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

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