New Funding for Provincial Parks

On December 4, the Province announced it is adding $1 million annually to the provincial parks' budget.

The funding comes from the province's tangible capital asset fund and will be used to build or enhance large scale projects in parks, such as washroom and administration buildings, and to redevelop some camping parks.

It will also help complete redevelopment projects already underway at Five Islands Provincial Park, Colchester County and Mira River Provincial Park, Cape Breton County.

The annual funding will help the Department of Natural Resources to better plan large park projects over the long term. It means construction work can be better scheduled to minimize effects on visitors' enjoyment of parks.

Nova Scotia has 20 camping parks and 122 day use parks, which include picnic parks and provincial beach parks. Sixty-five per cent of Nova Scotians visit a park at least once per year.

The province's natural resources strategy, The Path We Share, commits the province to establishing a sustainable park system for the future. The strategy's goals for provincial parks are available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/strategy/parks/path.asp.

All provincial parks are described at http://www.parks.gov.ns.ca.