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MINISTER LISA RAITT OPENS COMMUNITY PARK ON A FORMER MINE SITE IN CAPE BRETON
RESERVE MINES (NS) – July 5, 2012- Residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality have access to a new community recreational park on the remediated site of two former coal mines in Reserve Mines thanks to the efforts of the Government of Canada through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC). The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, was on hand to open the park at a ceremony held in conjunction with the community’s summer festival, Lambert Todd Days.
“Our Government is focused on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians,” said Minister Raitt, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie). “The remediation of this former mine site and its development as a community park enhances local infrastructure, improves economic development capacity and creates a permanent legacy to Cape Breton’s rich coal mining heritage.”
The Dominion No. 5/10 Reserve Mines Park provides a walking trail, skating pond and community green space on the site of two former coal mines that were the industrial backbone of the Reserve Mines area. The Dominion No.5 mine operated from 1872-1938 and produced almost 13 million tonnes of coal. The Dominion No. 10 mine operated from 1905-1942, producing over 6 million tonnes of coal. The principal employer in the Reserve Mine area, both mines were owned by the Dominion Coal Company, whose assets were acquired by the Cape Breton Development Corporation (CBDC) when it was created in 1967. ECBC assumed responsibility for the CBDC’s environmental and human resource obligations in 2010.
The Reserve Mines property is one of 53 coal mining related sites in Industrial Cape Breton being remediated by the Government of Canada after the closure of the last federally-operated coal mine on the island in 2001. To date, over $175 million has been spent on environmental assessment, demolition, site remediation, site maintenance and mine-water management. In many instances sites have not only been remediated but they have been redeveloped as community parks that pay tribute to Cape Breton’s coal mining history and provide recreational and healthy living opportunities for residents and visitors.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.