The Long Lake Provincial Park Association is a group of community minded volunteers who stepped forward to care for a new accessible park planned for Long Lake in Spryfield. The association is made up of a executive board and several committee chairs and members.
The Spryfield Business Commission’s Bruce Holland was initially contacted by Councillor Steve Adams to be the catalyst in gaining access to Long Lake Park, which was something that local residents had been asking for. Once the Spryfield Business Commission negotiated the original Operating/Management Agreement with the help of MLA Brendan Maguire. Developers Polycorp and Atlantic Developments agreed to work with all parties to develop the Lakeview trail system. Holland organized the LLPPA then the LLPPA became the Management/Operating Organization for a section of the provincial park. This section of Long Lake Provincial Park that LLPPA is responsible for is bounded on the east side of Long Lake from the grassy area near the Dam on Old Sambro Road, along Northwest Arm Drive to the north side of Withrod Lake. Though the park is cared for by LLPPA, the area is still under the control of The Department of Natural Resources and subject to the rules governing Provincial Parks in Nova Scotia. Like all parks in Nova Scotia, the section that LLPPA cares for, must be closed to vehicle traffic during the winter months, and the park is not maintained during the winter. This is the same as Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park, Laurie Park, and all other Provincial Parks. Many people still use these parks during the winter months, but there is no snow clearing or winter maintenance done and users are using them at their own risk. The ongoing maintenance to this section of the park is either done by hired help when funds are available or by volunteers. There are no funds available to LLPPA from The Department of Natural Resources budgets, and as the park is provincial, the city of Halifax has no responsibility to provide funds or maintenance.
You will see that the lower Parking lot at the kayak launch is closed at this time, we have had the entrance to the parking lot paved to help with dust and the potholes that form there. The lot needs to remain closed for 5 days to let the pavement cure. Please do not drive on it until the gates are opened next week. we expect it to be open next Wednesday May12th.
LLPPA would like to have more help and involve our community in planning and maintaining our park.
If you are interested in joining Long Lake Provincial Park association please fill in the form below.
The current members of the LLPPA have worked hard so far in developing this park for all to use, and it is now time to get some new help with maintaining, planning and moving forward with the communities vision of the park.
Also members can help with events held in the park.
So if you are community minded, like to get involved and love Long Lake Park, then join us it making and keeping our park growing.
Well here we are at another year for Long Lake Park being open for all to enjoy. It’s so nice to get the park cleaned up and the parking lots open for another season. The board of LLPPA would like to thank all those who came out on a beautiful morning Saturday to help us clean up the garbage and get the picnic tables back into place.
Please remember as you use the park that it’s everyone’s responsibility to care for the park, our board is made up of volunteers and this section of Long Lake Park receives no provincial funding, all maintenance for the trails, garbage collection, benches, and signage are provided by the park board with funding raised by the board.
So to help us continue to keep this section in good condition help us make our limited funding last as long as possible. If you can pack out what you pack in and place your garbage in your household waste, please do as garbage costs for us are fairly expensive. When swimming at the lake please take home your towels and clothing as it takes time to pickup the items left behind.
Also beware of the wildlife and plants in the park, snakes and lady slippers will soon be appearing in the park, please do not pick any plants or hinder the wildlife as this park is their home.
Soon people will be arriving at the Kayak launch to paddle around the lake, please be respectful of the loading and unloading parking spots , those parking spots are for people to easily get to enjoy boating at the lake. Do not park in these spots for any longer than it takes you to unload your boat.
Long lake Provincial Park Association wants to remind people that the park is closed for the season. when the gates are locked we do not do regular garbage pickup. “LLPPA has Never done winter pick up, due to gates being locked and that the small number of cans that are overflowing will be emptied as soon as it is safe to go through the entire park”.
In winter during un-serviced months we encourage people not take in what they cannot carry out and take home, this will help keep the park cleaner .
Please be advised that Long Lake Park is now closed for the winter. We had a great run this year as the snow is just arriving on Dec. 17th. you will now find that the parking lots on Dunbrack St and Old Sambro road are closed for the winter. Stay safe this winter and see you in the spring.