From the Daily News - Halifax, Nova Scotia
Monday, April 24, 2000
McNab's closer to park status
Committee set up to help plan park, and protect area
By JOANNA REDDEN -- Special to The Daily News
McNab's Island is one step closer to being developed as a park site.
Cathy McCarthy, a member of the Friends of McNab's Island Society and new member of the advisory committee, says she sees the formation of the committee as a positive sign that the islands will be developed and protected.
"Now, it looks like there will actually be a park. It's one more step toward having a park on the island, and that's what we've been striving for, for so long," she says.
McCarthy has been devoted to preserving McNab's since her first visit 15 years ago.
"It amazed me that we had such a beautiful natural park in the middle of the harbour," she says.
Fort McNab was once Halifax Harbour's most powerful defence complex.
By the turn of the century, the island were a popular location for day picnics.
In addition, the fairgrounds once located on the island was the source of inspiration for the famous Bill Lynch.
As well, the island is home to a large number of nesting osprey and blue herons, and an extensive rugged shoreline.
Mike Tilley runs the tour and ferry service that operates from Eastern Passage to Devil's, Lawlor and McNab's islands.
Tilley says he sees the formation of the committee as a positive step, but finds the park-development process slow and tedious.
"What we need right now is to sit down and devise a comprehensive but limited development strategy."
Tilley says the committee must make sure that development preserves rather than destroys.
Tilley does not want to see golf courses and amusement parks on the island.
"What most people want to see is a near-urban wilderness park for all to enjoy with opportunities for recreation, tourism and education," he says.