SACKVILLE, N.B. – Navigating the Sackville Waterfowl Park will now be a great deal easier thanks to a project linked to the upcoming 30th anniversary celebration of the iconic Sackville landmark.
During a presentation at the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Sackville Walk for Alzheimer’s on May 27, Rhianna Edwards, a member of the 30th anniversary organizing committee, noted work is underway for a fall celebration.
“In the meantime, and as sort of a kick-off to that celebration, we decided that we would have a trail-naming contest,” Edwards explained, “and if any of you have ever tried to say to somebody I’ll meet you in the park and I’ll meet you in such and such a place, you know it can be quite difficult because there are so many trails and they’re going in every which direction.
“Similarly, if you’re a birder like I am, if a rare bird is found and you want to tell somebody where that bird is, it’s very difficult to pinpoint exactly where it’s located.”
She said the organizing committee began by dividing the trails into 12 sections and then approached Nancy MacKinnon, director of the local high school’s Tantramar Wetlands Centre (TWC), to see if students in the program, known as Wetheads, would enter the contest with trail name suggestions.
“And they enthusiastically did, and so we had a whole bunch of inventive entries for names for the trails and today we’re going to introduce them.”
During her presentation, Edwards unveiled a map depicting the newly-named trails: Mountie Pride Path, Redwing Way, Fireweed Passage, Corvid Cacophony, The Birches, Minnow Overpass, Loosestrife Lane, Whistle Walk, Goosenest Nook, Warbler Walk, Quack Track and Alder Avenue. The maps will be posted throughout the park.
Winning TWC students included: Mara Williams, Lena Gallant, Skyler Nigh, Ayrielle Arencibia, Casey Murray, Alissa Wells, Justin Smith and Catherine Priemer.