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Old site with new potential opens to public in Digby

Jonathan Riley stands in front of the waterfront area of the Haines Lake property, purchased by the municipality from DNR in 2016. An open house will be Saturday Sept. 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Riley encourages people to come enjoy the property with ideas on what to use it for.
Jonathan Riley stands in front of the waterfront area of the Haines Lake property, purchased by the municipality from DNR in 2016. An open house will be Saturday Sept. 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Riley encourages people to come enjoy the property with ideas on what to use it for.

DIGBY, NS – An open house will be held this Saturday, September 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Haines Lake property for people to see the site and bring ideas on how to best use it.

Jonathan Riley is the Trails Coordinator with the Municipality of the District of Digby and will be on hand during the event for guided tours of the site.

The site offers a blank slate, with plenty of open green space, forest and water access for swimming and water activities.

It’s a property with obvious potential in the several buildings it has, the open green space, a thicker wooded area and, of course, the water access, prime for swimming and other water activities.
“We’re excited about this site. It’s close to Digby, has a lot to offer and is really a blank slate,” said Riley.

 

Potential uses

The property was previously the Department of Natural Resources’ Digby County base, and was sold to the municipality in early 2016 for $1,000.

Useable infrastructure also exists on the site, including this barn, used by summer camps for hangout areas and gear storage.

The water access was one of the biggest reasons it was bought, says Riley.
This is what they want to showcase most of all at the open house.
“We want people to be able to really see the waterfront. A lot of people may have seen this from the road, but not from the water,” he says.
“We really wanted to give people a place near town they could kayak or canoe.”

Taking time to see what needs work at the site and what the municipality is able to accomplish there will take time, but the first step in that process will be to see what residents say.

“That’ll help give us some ideas to focus on as we figure this out,” he says.

 

Getting excited about the site

Riley says the variety of trees onside offers a great example of the variety seen in protected areas of Acadian forest, and includes hemlock, yellow birch, red pine, maple and beech trees, among others.

The large space for water access was just one element of the property that took Riley by surprise.
“I was also really pleased with the forest on this property,” he says.
“It has just about every tree you’d expect to see in the Acadian forest - hemlock, yellow birch, red pine, maple and beech.”
Riley isn’t the only one excited. Warden Jimmy MacAlpine is too, and hopes “a lot of people come out and see for themselves what a great little piece of open space we have here.”

The open house will be held on the property, located at 1632 Ridge Road.

For more info, visit www.digbytrails.ca/haines-lake.html.

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