FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2006
Public Parking Planned for Tracadie Beach
Province investing $65,000 and negotiates land exchange
to improve vehicle parking and access to one of PEIâ€™s
The provincial government has announced plans to improve
public safety and accessibility to the beach at Tracadie.
Gail Shea, PEIâ€™s minister of Transportation and Public
Works, said Thursday that the beach is one of the most
popular on the Island.
The Province will invest $65,000 to perform upgrades to the
vehicle parking areas and improve beach access, Shea said.
She said that due to the heavy use of the Tracadie beach
area during the summer months and the lack of an off-road
parking area at the location, beach users have historically
parked along the sides of the road, often blocking the road
to other traffic and emergency response vehicles.
To help facilitate the improvements to be made at Tracadie
beach, the province has negotiated a land exchange agreement
with adjacent landowners—Carrie MacNabb and Tim Banks—to
secure a parking area for public use and safety reasons.
Shea says that without the co-operation received from the
adjacent landowners the project would not have been able to
proceed. Mildred Dover, the area MLA and minister of
Education and attorney General, says making improvements to
the beach area at Tracadie will help improve access to the
popular location, particularly for emergency vehicles,
providing improved public safety.
“This will certainly add to the quality experience one
receives when frequenting the beach area at Tracadie,” said
Dover. The project has received all required permits to
proceed and the work is budgeted within the existing capital