Canal Commission, SWEPS working together


FLETCHERS LAKE: Two non-profit community organizations are teaming up for the betterment of the community.

In late January, a newly designed and installed park sign was stolen from Lock 4 of the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway on Fletcher Drive in Fall River. The sign and lock are located in Fall River, between Lake Thomas and Fletchers Lake, on Fletcher Drive.

The $5,000 sign was installed in mid-December and was stolen less than six weeks later. The interpretive signs are a promotional aspect of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and one of the communications tools used to connect with trail and waterway patrons.

In early February, the Shubenacadie Canal Commission was approached by the Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society (SWEPS) trails committee about funding a replacement sign.

On Feb. 6, the funding was approved, and the replacement sign will be installed by the end of the month.

The Shubenacadie Canal Commission is thrilled by the financial support of a local community based non-profit organization. The financial donation demonstrates the community support and the importance of providing interpretation of historical sites of significance to residents and visitors.

The Canal Commission and SWEPS have a history of working in collaboration. These types of partnerships are essential for improving community outreach, pursuing a heritage river designation, and enhancing and developing trail networks.