The Province of Nova Scotia made an investment towards a Town of Antigonish path and, in-turn, a couple of community goals, Aug. 14.
Antigonish MLA and Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey met Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher, as well as councillors Mary Farrell, Diane Roberts and Andrew Murray, near a path constructed last year, which connects St. Bean Lane and Maple Drive, for the announcement.
It was noted, in a press release accompanying the announcement, the town is receiving $10,000, through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program – Connect 2, to “reduce and smooth the slope of an existing multi-use path between Chisholm and MacLellan streets.”
“Projects like this improve our neighbourhoods, help us reduce emissions and stay healthy by providing sustainable transportation options,” Delorey said as part of the release.
“That’s why we’re working with communities, like the Town of Antigonish, to break down barriers so walking, running or cycling, from place-to-place, becomes just as easy, or easier, than driving.”
“Today’s announcement is another important step in growing the overall connectivity of our community,” Boucher said.
“We want active transportation to be easy for our residents, so providing safe and welcoming infrastructure is a necessary starting point.”
Speaking at the announcement, Boucher touched on the importance of “green space” in the town.
“We don’t have a lot of green space left in Antigonish and this is very important to neighbourhoods,” she said. “You could have children playing here; doing things you can’t always do in a town … it’s not the same as in rural communities.”
It was noted the path to be created, as well as the one serving as a backdrop for the announcement, both help to connect residential neighbourhoods to nearby schools.
“This is going to allow us to join Chisholm Street to MacLellan Street at the bottom, from the interval to the upper Hawthorne area, so it’s a big connector for young children going to school and older students as well,” Boucher said. “It’s a big piece for our active transportation.
“We had a decision to make with this plot of land,” she said, now turning her attention to the announcement location.
“Residents of this area came to council and said this was what they wanted and, with help from the province, we were able to create something very good and esthetically pleasing to the eye.
“Connectors like these allow people the opportunity to walk safely to and from work or school, or just for recreation. It’s really part of our mandate and fits in well with active transportation and reducing our greenhouse gases.”
Delorey also commented on the announcement site.
“I thought it was a good location to announce because you can see what the end results can turn out to look like,” he said, gesturing towards the path. “We have a nice path here connecting these two streets together, so we look forward to seeing this happen, just a little further down the street here.
“And the alternative route – walking or cycling around – sometimes these connector paths just make it a more timely option. Now it fits within people’s schedules and, maybe, might be even a little quicker, considering traffic patterns in the mornings.
“So anything we can do to encourage people to leave the car at home and be active; it’s great for the environment and our health as well.”