Government Funding Announced for Trenton Park Improvement

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Jen Bethell, chair of the Hemlock Group, speaks during a funding announcement for Trenton Park. 

TRENTON, NS – Trenton Park is getting a $3.8 million upgrade.

The Hemlock Group, a volunteer committee that spearheaded a campaign to improve the park, was on hand for a multi-government announcement Friday that will see $1.2 million from the province and $2.2 million from the federal government go towards park improvements. The Town of Trenton is contributing $254,518 to the project and other local municipal units are also funding the upgrades, including the Municipality of Pictou County which has $45,000 budgeted for project.

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser and Lloyd Hines, provincial minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal as well as Shannon MacInnis, Mayor of Trenton and Jen Bethell, chair of the Hemlock Group were all on hand for the funding announcement at the park.

The Hemlock Group has been to secure funding for this project for the past five years. This project involves the creation of an accessible playground that will include; a recreation ground, upgraded pool and picnic area, renovated trails, increased parking, renovated pedestrian bridges, ponds and fishing docks, a fenced-in dog park and renovated canteen. These improvements to the park will allow for the facilities to be universally accessible and to ensure the widest possible use and participation by people of all ages.

"Upgrading the recreational and green spaces in Trenton Park will make the Town of Trenton, and all of Pictou County, a better place to live. This project will make the park more accessible to everyone and will encourage healthy and active lifestyles for our community members."- said Fraser.

More information on the project can be found at: http://hemlockgroup.ca/trenton-park/