Upper Clements Parks expanding?

Lawrence Powell
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Plans expected to be unveiled at special council meeting Friday

By Stephen Hawboldt and  Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

Annapolis County council was told last week that Upper Clements Parks is planning an expansion in which they are seeking a contribution from the municipality.

In a letter presented to the July session of the council, David Brown, president of the Upper Clements Parks Society, said that the society has, “a conditional commitment from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to contribute up to $250,000 on a $500,000 project.”

Councillor Gregory Heming, the council’s representative on the board of directors for the society, said the group is seeking $50,000 from Annapolis County. The society is also asking the province for $150,000 and contributing $50,000 of their own money.

While the council appeared to be generally supportive of the request, after much discussion, it was concluded that they would need a formal application from the society that details exactly what will be undertaken and how the municipal funds will be utilized. The society’s president is invited to make formal presentation to a special council meeting scheduled for Friday.

In an interview, new parks general manager Gino Thibeault said the society is looking at all options to make the park better. “There’s nothing new this year but we’re always improving what we have,” he said. “We are looking at what we can do for expansion.”

Thibeault said 2014 has been a pretty good year so far – “if you don’t look at the hurricane.”

Arthur knocked down 50 trees in the park, but only one hit a building and that was only a glancing blow that caused no damage. But the park was forced to stayed closed from Saturday until Wednesday because there was no electricity. Power came back on Tuesday afternoon but staff spent the next 36 hours inspecting every piece of equipment before the park was re-opened.

Details on the proposed expansion are still vague. The council was told in the letter that project includes, “major infrastructure enhancements and greater marketing.”  The goals, according to the president’s letter, are to reduce the annual capital requirements and increase the visitation.

Thibeault said the goal is to make Upper Clements Parks, which employs 175 people, the destination for Atlantic Canada. He described it as the largest venue of its kind east of Montreal.

A presentation from the society has been added to the agenda for a special council meeting scheduled for July 25. The meeting was originally called to review the information collected from the public consultations on economic development in the municipality.



Organizations: Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Upper Clements Parks Society President

Geographic location: Annapolis County, Atlantic Canada, Montreal

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Recent comments

  • chris smith
    July 28, 2014 - 13:34

    I would like to comment on the idea of improving or expanding Upper Clements Park. Although the idea of expanding the park sounds like a great plan, what needs to be done is to remove some of the rides with newer up to date ones. We were there on July 26,2014 and the rides scared me and not in a good way. For some reason the Ferris wheel only allows people on every other seat which scared me. The operater had to be careful were he stopped the Ferris wheel to let people off. He stopped a little to far for my husband and two daughter and they slipped off the platform. They came away from the ride cut and bruised up. I'm not sure if it was the inadequate equipment or lack of proper training, I blame both. Some rides weren't working or didn't work properly. My daughter went on the kiddie water bumper cars and only one worked, so the girl working there kindly pushed her around. They have great staff but need to update the park so they the staff doesn't have to make up the its short comings. And don't get me started on the rollercoaster, I'm just glad I'm alive. Please make this the park I want to come back to. It's a shame we have to drive all the way to Moncton to have a good time.

  • Marcia Sanford
    July 23, 2014 - 12:49

    Refurbish it like it was in the park first opened. It will be classy!