Work awarded for park’s Phase 2

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The good news continues for Trenton Park as Phase 2 development is soon to begin.

The tender for the Trenton Park Washroom Facility was recently awarded to Higgins Construction Limited of Trenton for the amount of $429,660.

Framing for this facility has already started and when completed, will provide park users with new public washrooms, servicing the interior of the park. Included in part of this tender is reconstruction of the existing pool building which will provide enhancements for pool patrons — including a shaded seated area along with lockers for storage.

“Bettering recreational infrastructure and offerings within our communities can have a substantive impact on the economy as well as lead to improved health and wellness outcomes for our populace which, in my opinion, translates to a win for everyone,” says Jen Bethell of The Hemlock Group which is spearheading the redevelopment initiative.

“I believe the significant improvements we are adding to this key asset will generate positive outcomes for Pictou County which will be appreciated for years to come.”

Phase 1, which is well underway, was also awarded to Higgins Construction Limited (a division of Lindsay), earlier this year. It is anticipated this phase will be completed by year end. Major renovations to the civil infrastructure have been finished along with cement work that includes placement of pads for several benches, shade shelters, waste receptacles, and sign posts.

Also part of Phase 1, construction has begun on two new picnic shelters near the park’s front entrance along with a large concrete pad to serve as a seating area for the canteen. Framing for two new shade shelters has been started along with a mechanical shed for the new splashpad which has been roughed in and has plumbing in place; the concrete pour will be happening in the near future to complete the pad.

The parking lot is scheduled to be paved within the next couple of weeks along with related enhancements to the front entrance.

A large gazebo is near completion just inside the main gate which will provide a gathering place as well as a central space to host a variety of events.

The pool tank, deemed structurally sound, has been fully sandblasted and given new life with a fresh layer of epoxy finish. A new pool deck has been poured and awaits finalization with install of new lighting and fencing. A new heat pump will conclude renovations to the pool.

The Town of Trenton and the Hemlock Group continue to work with the consultants to finalize details for Phase 3. It is anticipated the tender for this final phase of development will be issued early in the new year and, if all goes according to plan, completion for which should be realized by the end of summer 2021.

Phase 3 will consist of improvements to the existing trails, amphitheatre, and west parking entrance (next to the rink). Two new picnic areas will be created along with a new dog park and storage facility. This phase will also see the development of a large new playground, a retrofit to the canteen and public washroom facilities in the main office building, as well as improvements to the interior of the pavilion building which is used to host public gatherings and events.

“Completion of signage and landscaping will pull everything together to create what is going to be an extraordinary outdoor recreational facility for the entire community,” says Bethell.

“The Town of Trenton and Hemlock Group have worked diligently with the consultants to conceive and establish Trenton Park as a place that can be enjoyed by all with an enhanced focus on functionality, quality, sustainability, and accessibility.”

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“It has taken many dedicated years from members of the Hemlock Group to reach this stage and the community, as well as myself, will undoubtedly be forever grateful for their hard work and unwavering commitment.”