Point Prim trail opening

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Mathew Lent smoothed the parking lot and created gravel paths around the Point Prim lighthouse property.

The Friends of Point Prim are inviting everyone to come see how good Point Prim looks these days.

Rob Hersey, chair of the volunteer association, will cut a ribbon to open the new trail and entranceway to the lighthouse property this Friday night, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Stuart MacDonald will be piping to start the celebration and Hersey and other members of the association will offer tours of the grounds.

“We’ve got things looking pretty nice and we want to share it with everyone,” said Hersey. “That’s the whole point of this association: to preserve the lighthouse and this property and keep it open to the public.”

The Friends of Point Prim (FPP) finished a $30,000 renovation project last fall with new shingles and paint on the lighthouse itself, a new parking lot plus a gravelled trail leading around the property.

FPP used a $30,000 grant from Heritage Canada’s Runciman Endowment Fund to pay for the work.

The Digby Area Tourism Association and the Department of Tourism paid for an earlier project to install a new welcome sign, new interpretive panels, benches and picnic tables.

The divestiture process continues slowly forward. Hersey says he expects the process could take until sometime in 2015.

FPP looks after the site under a licensing agreement with the Department of Fisheries, which Hersey says, will be renewed in December.

Friends of Point Prim Facebook page

jriley@digbycourier.ca

Organizations: Heritage Canada, Runciman Endowment Fund, Digby Area Tourism Association Department of Tourism Department of Fisheries

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