Pictou signs on to Trenton Park restoration

TRENTON — The Trenton Park restoration project is one step closer to being realized.

Last week, the towns of Trenton and Pictou and The Hemlock Group that is organizing the project celebrated Pictou’s signing on to help out with the park redevelopment. After a recent town council meeting, the Town of Pictou has signed on to donate $5,700 to help with the park revitalization along with some of the other municipalities in the county.

“We approved it as part of our grant process,” said Jim Ryan, mayor of Pictou. “Anything we can do to improve, enhance and facility that is a benefit to our community…”

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Ryan added that the funding is coming from the capital project fund rather than the operating fund.

“It’s an investment,” he said.

Ryan added that when he was formerly a teacher and principal, he saw the benefits of the park first hand as he saw sports, activity days, as well as class trips for students and teachers to enjoy the park. “We need to look beyond our own borders.,” he said.

“We want people coming from outside the county and that will be a benefit to everyone,” said Shannon MacInnis, mayor of Trenton.

Jen Bethell of The Hemlock Group added that the group will soon be launching their community fundraising campaign that will help raise funds along with the provincial, federal and municipal funds that will go toward the park. In total, the group is looking to raise $2.6 million to help restore and upgrade the park.

From the left: Shannon MacInnis, mayor of Trenton; Jim Ryan, mayor of Pictou; and Jen Bethell of The Hemlock Group stand near the entrance of Trenton Park. (Brimicombe photo)

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Heather Brimicombe
Heather Brimicombe is a Pictou County native and graduate from the University of King's College in Halifax with a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree as well as a combined major in Sustainability. She has previously won a Canadian Communities Newspapers award for a multimedia feature and was part of a team nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalism data award in the investigative category. Photography, art, sports and outdoor activities are all hobbies of hers as well as crafting, and baking.