Sydney-area residents can look forward to a new park, sports field, outdoor stage, pedestrian bridges, trails and more, part of a plan for the future use of the former Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens sites, announced today, Oct. 28.
The government of Canada and the province have awarded up to $17 million in contracts to build the park and green space. Successful bidders include Municipal Ready Mix Limited, Sydney, and Denko Mi'Kmaq Enterprises Limited, Eskasoni.
"These contracts will generate more economic opportunities for businesses in the Sydney area and more good jobs," said Deputy Premier Frank Corbett. "The province is proud to support this work to transform these sites into a place where we want to be, where we recognize the history of our people and our land, and sow the seeds of change for future generations."
The Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup has delivered 48 contracts to businesses and more than 1,100 full-time equivalent jobs.
It has provided meaningful training and employment opportunities for the people of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia, benefitting First Nations communities, African Nova Scotians, women in trades and technology, and many others.
"Our government remains focused on what matters to Canadians - jobs and economic growth," said federal Minister of Labour Lisa Raitt, on behalf of Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works. "In addition to the environmental and health benefits of remediating this site, the final land use construction will continue to build on the project's economic benefits locally and build a foundation for future economic growth in Cape Breton."
The community liaison committee for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens remediation had an important role in developing the plan for the future use of the land.
"It is extremely gratifying to see the park area and green space taking shape on the former steel plant property," said Alastair MacLeod, committee chair. "With green grass already covering much of the site, the final transformation is at hand, and the revitalized land will be returned to the people of Sydney."
Construction on the final land use projects began this month and is scheduled for completion in August 2013. The clean-up project remains within its $400 million budget, cost-shared between the federal and provincial governments. The project is on schedule for completion by March 2014.
An artist's rendering of the future park space on the former south and north tar ponds, and green space on the former coke ovens site, is available on the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency website at www.tarpondscleanup.ca
under Focus on the Future.
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Sydney-area residents can look forward to a new park on the
former sites of the Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens. It will include a
sports field, outdoor stage, pedestrian bridges, trails and
The government of Canada and the province have awarded up
to seventeen million dollars in contracts to build the
park and green space. Successful bidders include Municipal
Ready Mix Limited of Sydney and Denko Mi'Kmaq Enterprises
Limited based in Eskasoni.
Deputy Premier Frank Corbett says the contracts will
generate more economic opportunities for businesses in the
Sydney area and more good jobs. He says the province is proud to
support work to transform the sites into a place where people
want to be and that recognizes the history and the land and
sows seeds for change for future generations.
Media Contact: Meggan Desmond
Sydney Tar Ponds