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Stanley Bridge park opening delayed due to unsafe boulder

Swimming Rock park will be cleaned up and upgraded by the end of June.
The opening of Swimming Rock park will be delayed because of a big rock. - Google Map image

The opening of Swimming Rock park will be delayed because of a big rock.

The Resort Municipality council discussed the issue during its monthly meeting on July 20, held via video conference.

The Stanley Bridge park was damaged during post-tropical storm Dorian last year, with the set of steps down to the water being destroyed.

A new set of steps were recently constructed, but Mayor Matthew Jelley said council was informed of at least one boulder on the cliff's bank that needs to be removed before the park can be reopened.

Matthew Jelley - SaltWire file
Matthew Jelley - SaltWire file


"It would have been nice for somebody to catch onto that a little sooner," Jelley said.

The concern is that the rock could fall and destroy the new steps.

As well, because the cliff has become steeper due to erosion, a fence will be required along the top of the bank, CAO Brenda MacDonald said.

Jelley wants to find quotes for both the boulder's removal and fence construction as soon as possible and to consider holding a special meeting to approve them.

"Otherwise the summer's going to get away from us, here," he said.


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