Enhancements coming for dock project

HRM crews have been on site at the Snow Centre bringing to life what HRM Parks and the Riverlake Community group have agreed to for the location. The site was initially supposed to be a beach as monies from the leftover Fletchers Lake/Fall River sidewalk money was earmarked for it, but it turned to be just a dock. After some back and forth, the two sides came to an agreement on the new proposal that will be constructed at the site. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: The local councillor is saying a “glitch” is why the vision a community group had for a beach area on Lake Thomas behind the Gordon R. Snow Community Centre hasn’t come to fruition just yet.

Councillor Steve Streatch said the project was completed to a certain point last year, but that was as far as it went.

The local community group, which includes several community-minded volunteers, weren’t quite impressed with what they saw as the final project. It didn’t meet what they had envisioned.

“It became quite obvious the local community committee wanted to go a step further,” he said.

Streatch said HRM staff have been in active discussions with the group and at last word , there was common ground found between the two sides.

“We will be doing an enhanced project behind the Snow Centre on the lakefront,” he said.

That enhanced project will include some brush clearing; potential for some sand to be brought in; some curbing around the water; and enhanced opportunities, especially for seniors, to relax and take advantage of the scenic opportunities that area of Fall River has to offer, said Streatch.

He said there might be a funding shortfall to complete the project, so he is willing to cover that cost through his district councillors fund.