“Providing access to lakes and waterways for future generations is a priority for council and a right of residents to have access for many recreational activities which includes fishing, paddling and boating and picnicking to name only a few,” said Roberts.
Water access projects facilities were also opened in Bridgetown and Granville Ferry this summer.
Recreation manager Debra Ryan said the Lake Pleasant park was Roberts’ project and she worked with staff and council to fulfill a need identified in the community.
“The small park that we are officially opening this afternoon is approximately 2.5 acres of land with 500 feet of water frontage,” said Ryan at the opening ceremony. “It borders the West River and we have built it with a parking area, picnic area, and small pathways to allow for lakeside viewing and community activities.”
Lake Pleasant is about 45 kilometres south of Middleton near Springfield, just south of Highway 10 on Lake Pleasant Road across from the Springfield fire hall.
“This was a project that was identified many years ago by residents in both Lake Pleasant and Springfield,” said Roberts before cutting the ribbon to open the park. “It was reinforced at our community recreation engagement public meetings that were held in Springfield in 2012 and across the county.”
She said council responded and in 2014 was able to find a parcel of land that was a perfect fit for a park and a public launch area. In 2015 and 2016 council approved capital funding for the project which allowed for the design and the development stages.
“There is a small area located on the upper east side of the parking lot that we have turned into a rock seat and picnic area so please get your picture taken there,” Ryan told the small crowd of locals who had gathered for the event. Later Roberts and other councillors posed for photos at the park’s unique feature described by Ryan.
“Creating parks and trail opportunities in this county takes a great deal of vision, time, energy, and money in putting together the pieces that leads to important openings such as the Lake Pleasant Park and Boat Launch,” said Ryan. “Our council and staff have that vision as the County of Annapolis has opened two other opportunities that will promote paddling and boating in our county -- Bridgetown Jubilee Park Floating Dock and the other at the Annapolis River Causeway Park.”
Roberts noted that Lake Pleasant has been included in the Canoe Annapolis County guide as a day-use trip since 1995 for paddling and now with the park and public access the site is secured for this generation and the next.
“The Canoe Annapolis County guide that Martha mentioned earlier is a project of the county and we are leaders in the promotion and development of water trails in Nova Scotia,” said Ryan, “and like Martha, staff are equally proud of creating these opportunities to provide a future legacy of opportunities to our residents and visitors.”
Ryan said people can pick up a new copy of Canoe Annapolis County and county offices and look for other water access parks that are located in the region.
Also involved in the Lake Pleasant project was Valley Trails Coordinator Rick Jacques and the Valley Trails Coalition who assisted the county with the water access park and pathways for residents and visitors.