Town secures use of Pumping Station Pond
Amherst's annual youth fishing derby will happen on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the pumping station in Brookdale.
Amherst's annual youth fishing derby will happen on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the pumping station in Brookdale. The town had earlier cancelled the event because it sold the property to the province last year and could get permission to use it this year.
AMHERST – Amherst’s youth fishing derby is back on, at least for this year.
A couple of weeks after announcing its cancellation, Amherst announced the fishing derby will happen on Friday at the Pumping Station Pond in Brookdale.
“We were able to work something out through MLA Terry Farrell that enables us to use the pumping station this year,” Roger MacIsaac of Community and Economic Development said Monday. “He was able to open some doors for us to use the facility this year.”
Amherst sold the pumping station property to the province last June for $76,000. It declared the 40-hectare site as surplus in 2010.
MacIsaac said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal had some plans for the property, but those plans probably got pushed back by weather. He said the town will look at other options for next year, although he said it’s possible this could be the last fishing derby unless another location close to town is identified.
“Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal has been very good to work with and Terry deserves credit for opening a few doors for us to make this year’s fishing derby happen,” MacIsaac said.
The event runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and is open to youth ages 15 and under.
Community and Economic Development is urging participants under 10 to have adult supervision.
Prizes have been donated by Canadian Tire and will be awarded for the longest trout caught in the eight and under, 12 and under and 15 and under age categories.
Trout for the derby have been provided by Agriculture and Fisheries.