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New Cow Bay park!

It looks like the go ahead has been given to build a park in cow bay between Minutes B-yards, allowing access to both spots. Press release follows.

The Coastal Access Committee is excited to announce the founding of a new public park in Cow Bay,
Nova Scotia. Through a collaborative effort between the surfing community, the Halifax Regional
Municipality and the local residents of Cow Bay an important coastal access point will be established
servicing two of Canada’s premier surfing breaks. Likewise a fragile coastal wetland will be preserved
and an important piece of recreational infrastructure for local residents will be created. Preliminary
plans include the construction of a parking lot and boardwalk leading to the coast. Full infrastructure
plans will be released later this spring after public consultations with the local community that are to
take place on May 27th, 2010 at the Cow Bay Community Hall. The first stage of infrastructure is
expected to be completed in the summer/fall of 2010 with the second phase completed in 2011.
The first stage of the proposed infrastructure will be funded by a combination of a substantial private
donation, Districs Counsellor Jackie Barkhouse’s discretionary funds and funds raised in the community
by the Coastal Access Committee. The Coastal Access Committee is raising funds by “selling” engraved
boards on the proposed boardwalk for $100 each. Donors will have their names, names of loved ones,
or that of a business engraved in the right hand side of boards on the boardwalk. People interested can
purchase boards at Emma’s Eatery in Eastern Passage, If Only Surfshop in the South End, Propeller Cold
Beer Store in the North End and Kannon Beach Surf & Windsurf Shop in Lawrencetown. Full details on
purchasing boards are available at participating locations and coastalaccessns.blogspot.com. The
second stage of the project is contingent on provincial funding and will be completed in 2011.


Coastal Access Committee
Press Release: Announcement of a New Park in Cow Bay
May 12th, 2010



Property Details
Location: Cow Bay Road, PID # 40263915
Size: 4.61 hectares
Environmental Impact Assessment: Completed
Provincial Environmental Approval: Received
Contact Information
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Iaian Archibald
Co-Chair, Coastal Access Committee
902-478-1146, This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Sean Kelly (After May 17th)
Co-Chair, Coastal Access Committee
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Jackie Barkhouse
Regional Counsellor, District 8 Woodside-Eastern Passage
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Project Overview
Located on Nova Scotia’s marine drive in the community of Cow Bay are two unique combinations of
cobblestone and shale that allow Atlantic swells to break perfectly for surfing. These two spots,
“Backyards” and “Minutes” have been accessed by crossing private land for years. Directly between
these two world class surfing breaks is a beautiful coastal wetland and pond that feeds into the ocean.
This property is a sanctuary for a number of species of plants, fish, birds and provides an important
resting place for migratory birds. In 2008, access to these breaks via private property was cut off by
land-owners in the area. After discussion with the Coastal Access Committee over the past few years, in
2010 HRM purchased the wetland and surrounding property from a Cow Bay Resident. The property
was purchased with the intention of creating a public park with the goal of building a parking lot, trails
and boardwalks for surfers, paddlers and coastal users to access the shorelines and for local residents,
Nova Scotians and visitors at large to enjoy.


Coastal Access Committee
Press Release: Announcement of a New Park in Cow Bay
May 12th, 2010

A Brief History of Surfing in Nova Scotia
The first waves know to be surfed in Nova Scotia were ridden by two young Californian’s traveling
with their father in 1962. This initiated a slow but steady stream of Americans and Australians who
began to use Nova Scotia’s world class breaks without the overbearing crowds they faced in their home
countries. With these expats paving the way, Nova Scotians adopted the sport. Today’s surfing
population now includes second and even third generation surfers around surfing-lineups across the
province.


Throughout the late sixties, seventies and eighties the surfing popula