Fitness centre to open soon

This October, the new facility – located in the Mulgrave Memorial Centre – will open. Before the official opening, residents are welcome to attend an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 21, to get a sneak peek at what is available.

Mulgrave Mayor Ron Chisholm told The Journal after the regular council meeting on Sept. 7 that the fitness centre, which has been on the drawing board for many months, was funded through grants, fundraisers and sponsorship from local businesses, such as DSM and Mulgrave Machine Works.

The fitness centre news is just one part of what has been a good summer in Mulgrave.

Chisholm said the Thursday evening community market was a great success, adding, “We had a bunch of young entrepreneurs [from the Biz Kids program] who did a great job. I’m sure they made a good dollar and I hope they learned the value of a dollar. They brought a lot of business into town.”

Along with the market, the addition of The Front Porch Café and Ice Cream Bar to McNair’s Cove brought visitors and commerce to Mulgrave.

“It’s looking very good, they are very busy,” said Chisholm of the café. “It’s drawn a lot of people into town. We’ve had a phenomenal summer and, hopefully, COVID is starting to go the other way but still we want the residents to follow protocol.”

During council there was an in-camera discussion on accessibility retrofits to the Mulgrave Memorial Centre. Chisholm told The Journal that the town received a $20,000 grant from an accessible community fund to go towards accessible doors, ramps, etc. for the building which houses the town office, as well as the new fitness centre and offices for the Atlantic Association of CBDCs.

One topic was notably absent from the council agenda: the issue of backyard farm animals. In the spring, a plebiscite was called and later rescinded, with a decision to hold community consultations about the matter instead. The consultations have yet to take place and when asked about the issue, Chisholm said, “No comment.”

“I would like residents to keep an eye out for people that have been going around and opening fire hydrants. It’s a very risky thing; you are putting people’s lives at risk; you’re also putting infrastructure at risk. Plus, the cost of all that water; that’s all treated water.

“Twice in the last three weeks we’ve had someone open a fire hydrant and let go and walk away. If people see anybody around fire hydrants, call the RCMP or any of the councillors or myself,” said Chisholm, adding, “That’s what we rely on for our fire safety.”
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