One of the town's most treasured attractions could be recognized next month as one of Canada's truly special places.
The Sackville Waterfowl Park has been named a finalist in the annual Great Places in Canada contest, hosted by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).
The Waterfowl Park is up against 18 other nominees in the public spaces category, ranging from Kiwanis Memorial Park in Saskatoon to White Rock Pier in British Columbia to Blockhouse Island in Brockville, Ont. and the Peoples' Places Library in Antigonish, N.S.
Jamie Burke, Sackville's senior manager of corporate projects, said he nominated the park for the contest after hearing about it through a notification from the CIP, of which he is a member.
"Given its popularity, and with the money the town has invested over the last couple of years in the boardwalks and trails, I thought it would be a good way to get some promotion for the waterfowl park and to show how it's one of the great places in Canada," said Burke.
Described by many as a "jewel in the centre of town," the Sackville Waterfowl Park covers 55 acres and includes more than 3.5 kilometres of boardwalks and trails.
It provides a great opportunity for residents and visitors to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature and its central location makes it a popular spot for picnics, strolling, jogging and cycling.
The park serves as a temporary resting, breeding and feeding place for a large variety of species of migrating birds and other animals, and it is estimated that in a given season thousands of birds will pass through the park.
Canadians from across the country can vote online from now until Sept. 25 for the Peoples' Choice awards in each category (streets, neighbourhoods, and public spaces), while a panel of planning experts chosen by the CIP will pick the Great Places in Canada for 2014.
The People's Choice winner will be determined by the greatest number of votes.
All prize winners will be announced on World Town Planning Day on Nov. 7.
Burke said he will continue to promote the contest through social media and encourage people to vote online at www.greatplacesincanada.ca for the Sackville Waterfowl Park over the next few weeks.