Since April, contractors Debly have been working on the infrastructure of the new entrance to Rockwood Park at Lily Lake. Phase 2 of the overall plan to improve access to the park, the rock wall and new stones engraved with the name of the park set the feel for future improvements to Rockwood.
The entrance was designed by BDA Landscape Architects of Sussex, with technical designs by ADI Limited. The new entrance is a landing point for visitors to the park. The park boulevard slows traffic and encourages pedestrians to use the area to travel towards the park’s many features.
“Rockwood is an important asset to our community,” said His Worship Mayor Ivan Court. “The new entrance gives the park the grand entrance it was due. The City’s investment in the park is part of our continuing commitment to the environment, as well as the health and social well-being of our citizens.”
The Rockwood Park improvements were funded by the City of Saint John, the Saint John Horticultural Society and the Government of Canada, through the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program, a key element of the Economic Action Plan. The RInC is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
“Our Government is proud to invest in projects that enhance the economic, social and physical well-being of Canadians,” said Saint John MP Rodney Weston, speaking on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “Our investment of $300,000 has helped with the construction of multi-purpose trails and walkways at the Park as well as improvements to the existing green spaces – improvements that have significantly revitalized this Saint John landmark.”
Improvements to Rockwood Park aren’t done yet. Future phases of improvement to the park are planned, including a new entrance to the campground and a clean up around the duck pond area.