Bedford residents have been working for 40 years to create a park at Sandy Lake.
Remarkably, and thanks to their work, some 1800 hectares remains green right between Bedford and Sackville, featuring three lakes, rivers, a swimming beach, and old-growth hemlock forests. Only a fraction of the land, however, has so far been formally protected.
The decades of work to keep this area green has created an enormous opportunity for the Halifax region: to have such a beautiful park right between two of our fastest growing communities. To have this land developed now would be a waste of their efforts and of a beautiful landscape.
In 2013, a developer found out it would not possible to build a subdivision in the area for at least a decade and then ordered that the entire property be clearcut, including a large stand of old growth forest. (The clearcut can be seen in the large brown area in the satellite photo above).
Halifax must act swiftly to acquire the necessary land to create this regional park before more of this precious asset can be destroyed.
Learn more about the issue in our blog post, “40 Years of Work and So Close to Success.” Also visit the website of the Sandy Lake Conservation Associatin.