Bay Bulls okays Phase II design for Long Pond trail

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Bay Bulls is one step closer to finalizing the Long Pond walking trail.

During a special meeting of council held on February 24, council granted approval for Phase II, which will see the trail extended around the full perimeter of the pond.

Much of the monies for the project come courtesy of the province through the COVID-19 Stimulus Program. Phase II is valued at $144,229, and of that cost, the town only has to contribute $14,422, which is 10 per cent.

Meanwhile, Phase I of the project is being cost shared by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments under a Municipal Capital Works program, with each government paying a third of the cost, which works out to $143,702 each for a total of $475,444 (less HST).

Work on the design began in 2020, and the trail, which will be a combination of compacted granular and boardwalk with a focus on accessibility, is expected to be completed and ready for use by July or August this year.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News