NAW councillor updates colleagues on EACDG which includes many members from township

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Eganville – Although there has not been a lot of activity from the Eganville and Area Community Development Group (EACDG), members have been meeting regularly to try and plot a course of action in light of COVID-19 restrictions that affects most volunteer groups.

North Algona Wilberforce Township Councillor Maria Robinson, who also volunteers as the treasurer for EACDG, presented an update to council on what the group has been up to and also informed council many EACDG members reside in the township.

“Even though the name of the group has Eganville, a number of members reside in our township,” Councillor Robinson said. “It is not only some township residents who are part of the group, but it also includes some business owners like Chris Hinsperger at Bonnechere Caves who have been there since the beginning and helped develop some major projects.”

She explained how the group was founded in November 2016, when a volunteer group of local residents and business owners working in partnership set out to rebuild our small community and surrounding area. Among the initiatives was “Discover Eganville” and the online headquarters of the Eganville and Area Community Development Group.

She said the EACDG commitment to the restoration of McRae Park from an area filled with litter and broken trees and unkept shrubs has been transformed into one of the area’s most pristine natural parks with the Bonnehcere River the central attraction.

“The EACDG is hoping to have an official opening of the park this summer if conditions are better in terms of COVID,” she said.

Moving forward, the group hopes to install a fishing dock that is fully accessible so that anyone can use it and it will be located along the Bonnechere River across from the Rotary Beach.

Bruce McIntyre,, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader