Crossing Freeport Brook -- and connecting the trails of Long Island

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By Jonathan Riley DIGBY COURIER

Roger Outhouse is looking for a little help finishing a trail in behind Freeport.

The trail from the end of Lover’s Lane and behind the Islands Consolidated School is growing in, but it’s still passable.

The problem is, it comes to an abrupt end at the Freeport Brook.

Outhouse sees a bridge as the key to connecting a series of community trails into a more practical network.

With a bridge over the brook, the trail could easily connect to the old Village Park and make a nice loop back to the cove, through the village and around Roney’s Point and the trails that go round the shore to Beautiful Cove and back to Lover’s Lane.

With some work the Lover’s Lane extension could connect to St. Mary’s Bay, Dartmouth Point and even the old South Way Road that used to lead all the way to Tiverton at the other end of Long Island.

“It would serve as a nature walk, outdoor educational classroom (as it passes by salt marsh, brook, bog, forested area) and a real transport from the Cove area to other areas in the village,” says Outhouse. “It has most of the trail in the form of a good walking road and would be easily usable by all ages without the threat of traffic.”

The remnants of a dam and bridge are still evident at the site. The dam used to hold back water that the Islanders used as a source of ice. Much of the concrete wall remains and the streams flows out of a six foot gap.

The remains of timber pilings on either side of the brook is all that remains of the bridge.

The road itself is listed as a provincial road and the land around the bridge site is privately owned –though school board land and village land are also adjacent to the site.

Outhouse has no idea what a bridge will cost – to find out he has been talking with Garnet McLaughlin, a trail consultant who did work on Brier Island with the Nature Conservancy.

McLaughlin has asked for a few technical files from the municipality and once he has those, he will talk to Outhouse about the possibilities for crossing the brook.

Outhouse would also like to see some cleaning up work at the old village park – the fields have grown in there quite a bit, which doesn’t bother him as much as the junk left over from the days when the park was used for paint ball.

A rotten dory, a rickety, cobbled-together wooden tower, a fridge and other dangerous and unsightly items litter the alders and brush in the park.

Organizations: Freeport, Islands Consolidated School, Islanders

Geographic location: Long Island, Cove, Village Park Roney South Way Road Tiverton Brier Island

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