Kings North MLA John Lohr says the investment in Cape Split Park Reserve is welcomed news, but he is worried the community of Scots Bay is being overlooked by government.
Friday, the Department of Lands and Forestry announced a $400,000 investment in infrastructure at Cape Split Park, including a new looped trail system featuring shorter hikes and curated coastal viewing platforms, along with new trailhead and wayfinding signs.
“I am pleased to see this funding for Cape Split Park,” Lohr said. “The park is an important tourist destination. It’s an amazing site that draws international traffic. Improving the trails will make the park even more attractive to tourists.”
However, Lohr says he is concerned the needs of Scots Bay are not being addressed. Scots Bay maintains emergency response capability and frequently provides assistance to Cape Split hikers.
“The community has applied for funding to rebuild the Scots Bay wharf which was damaged in Post Tropical Storm Arthur. That funding application was turned down,” Lohr explained. “Rebuilding the wharf which will improve both tourism and emergency response for the Cape Split area, should also be a priority.”
Lohr has contacted the Minister of Lands and Forest on this issue recently and is disappointed the wharf project was not included in this funding.