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Healthy hiking and clean energy on deck at Van Tassel Lake Oct. 11 open house

A map detailing the trail system at Van Tassel Lake, showing where the wind turbines are located.
A map detailing the trail system at Van Tassel Lake, showing where the wind turbines are located.

DIGBY, NS – An open house is set for Van Tassel Lake to showcase its triple threat – clean air, clean water and clean walking trails.

The event will be held Wednesday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant site, at 859 Culloden Road, and will reveal new signage for onsite trails, visits to the wind turbines, and a guided hike to the lake.

The land on display spans 550 acres and is called the Van Tassel Lake Watershed Area, which holds water that serves as the town’s backup water supply.

It’s owned by the Town of Digby and offers potential both from a trails perspective and renewable energy sources as well.

“The trails offer a place to connect with nature, to get some exercise and fresh air. Combine that with the turbines, and this is really a win, win, wind situation for everybody,” said Mayor Ben Cleveland.

The event will aim to get people excited at these many points of potential at the site.

A view of the lake with turbines visible in the far left background.

Two turbines have been installed on sections of land leased by the town to the Digby municipality. The town has also approved the construction and maintenance of hiking trails on site.

With trails created and turbines installed people have a tangible idea of why the site has already excited groups like the Van Tassel Lake Trails Association.

“When the association approached us [in 2015], we realized right away these trails would benefit our residents and even attract visitors to the area,” said Cleveland.

The turbines, the second of which was installed in 2016, have already proven their purpose. Together, they create enough power to generate around 510 homes.

The first was bought and the second installed by the municipality to begin investing in a green future for Digby, according to Warden Jimmy MacAlpine.

Terry Thibodeau next to the turbine.

“With this project, we …reduce our carbon footprint and support renewable energy here,” he said.

Both aspects – getting outdoors and getting green – will be showcased at the event. Many, including Deputy Warden Linda Gregory, are excited to see both.

“You can see both turbines from the trail around the lake – it is a great way to show people we are serious about improving quality of life here,” she said.

Transportation will also be provided for those unable to walk to the turbines.

For more information please contact Renewable Energy program Coordinator Terry Thibodeau at (902) 245-4767 or tthibodeau@municipality.digby.ns.ca, or Trails and Open Space Coordinator Jonathan Riley at (902) 245-2861 or jriley@municipality.digby.ns.ca.

 

See also: New trails developed at Van Tassel Lake


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