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Parks Day 1996 will be celebrated Saturday, July 20 at several
provincial parks across Nova Scotia. Whether its participating in
a family hike or joining in planned activities, there's something
for everyone.

"Parks Day is an occasion to celebrate and enjoy the parks in our
province," said Natural Resources Minister Eleanor Norrie. "There
are approximately 120 parks in the provincial system, ranging
from small roadside picnic sites to large campgrounds and
beaches. They are nature's resorts and I encourage all Nova
Scotians to use and enjoy them often."

For many years the third Saturday in July has been set aside to
celebrate Parks Day in national, provincial, territorial and
municipal parks across Canada. In Nova Scotia a number of special
events are planned for Parks Day under the Parks Are For People
program and the Take A Hike, A Parks Day Event.

These include an all-day outdoor recreation festival at Dollar
Lake provincial park, Halifax County; the Gorge Trail scavenger
hike at Five Islands provincial park, Colchester County; a beach
volleyball tournament at Rainbow Haven Beach provincial park,
Halifax County; orienteering at Oakfield provincial park, Halifax
County; an historic beach stroll at Cabots Landing provincial
park, Victoria County; a nature hike on Ryerson Brook Nature
Trail at Upper Clements Wildlife Park, Annapolis County; and a
hoedown on the hill and fireworks at Boylston provincial park,
Guysborough County.

The 1996 Parks Are For People program involves more than 40
community groups and organizations who are sponsoring 95 events
in provincial parks throughout the park season, said Mrs. Norrie.

A complete schedule of events and locations for the 1996 Parks
Are For People program is available at all Department of Natural
Resources offices and at tourist information centres.


Contact: Susan Hruszowy     902-424-4321

         Susan Mader Zinck  902-424-2354

trp                      July 17, 1996 - 3:25 p.m.