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Berwick resident donates land for new Bike Skills Park

Published on September 12, 2017

Berwick Mayor Don Clarke, right, thanks well-known resident Lewis Chute for a generous donation of land that will be used for a Bike Skills Park slated for the first phase of construction this fall.

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BERWICK - There will soon be a new Bike Skills Park in the Apple Capital of Nova Scotia.

The proposed recreation facility is moving forward with some help from well-known Berwick resident Lewis Chute, who is donating 8.7 acres of land for the project.

“A prominent businessman in the town, Mr. Chute is a developer of note, a veteran firefighter, and has always had an ardent interest in the promotion and development of Berwick. He and his family have been working with the Town of Berwick to donate the land for the benefit of future generations,” a press release issued by the Town of Berwick Sept. 12 reads.

Chute’s family, including wife Inez Chute and daughter Kathryn Morse, met with Berwick Mayor Don Clarke Aug. 29 to make the land donation official. The property, accessible via Orchard Street and Spartan Avenue, features a quarry, fields and wooded areas.

The Town of Berwick envisions the site becoming a destination for mountain biking, BMX riding, hiking, walking, coasting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other non-motorized recreation activities.

Details regarding the components selected for the Bike Skills Park have yet to be announced. Staff from the Town of Berwick are working with the Wolfville-based TrailFlow Outdoors Adventures to determine the final design.

It is anticipated the first phase of construction could begin before the end of September.