Riders are soaked as they ride the flume at Upper Clements Park.
Upgrades and marketing projects in the works
Province and feds being asked for money as well
At a recent special session, Annapolis County agreed to award Upper Clements Parks Society a conditional grant of $50,000 for upgrades to Upper Clements Theme Park and Adventure Park.
The municipal grant is conditional upon the society also receiving support from the federal and provincial governments for the planned $500,000 project. The councillors were told that the society is also asking the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agencies for $250,000 and the province for $150,000. The society also is contributing $50,000 of its own money.
Society president David Brown told the council that the funds will be partly used to enhance marketing programs for the parks. He said the Adventure Park is doing better but, “the numbers need to grow.” The councillors were told that marketing is key and, “this project will help with that.”
According to Brown the remainder of the project will be aimed at upgrades and maintenance that will help reduce annual operating costs. He said that climate change is taking its toll noting that post tropical storm Arthur cost the parks upwards of $20,000.
It was observed by the councillors that maintenance and upgrades are essential for both parks. In a question from Warden Reg Ritchie, Brown reported that the park employs between 150 and 175 people, “depending on the weather, seasonal and other factors.”
To facilitate the application process with ACOA and the province, the municipality will issue a letter indicating their support. The municipal grant may be paid over two fiscal years to relieve any budgetary pressure on county taxpayers.