HALIFAX - The Trudeau Government has announced $860,000 to expand the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Park in Halifax.
The money has been used to acquire an additional 135 hectares of land in HRM.
Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher told NEWS 95.7 this is a historic deal as it's the first time the federal government has partnered with the municipality.
"There was a very huge partner just sitting there, waiting to collaborate and the federal government wasn't collaborating with them," said Fisher. "We will make the commitment to support them to the tune of $860,000 and they will take that and enhance the acreage of the park."
Mayor Mike Savage was also on hand for Wednesday's announcement, saying the money will be used to purchase two specific parcels of land.
"There's a lot of parcels that we're trying to put together," said Savage. "The issue of this park is that we don't own the land. We have to buy it and keep it free from development. We're committed to doing that so help from other levels of government is certainly helpful."
Savage said these particular parcels of land are owned by Barrett Lumber and Armco Capital.