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(Monday, February 15/99)-- Halifax Regional Municipality has no intention of closing Point Pleasant Park in Halifax to visitors during the the winter months, John MacKay, Director of Works and Natural Services, said today.

Mr. MacKay was reacting to an article published in today's edition of The Chronicle-Herald. The news report stated that a citizens group was preparing to oppose any possibility that the popular park would be closed next winter.

"I am certainly not aware of any effort or proposal to close Point Pleasant Park to the public during the winters months and we want to allay any fears that the public may have to the contrary," he said.

Mr. MacKay said Point Pleasant Park is the most heavily used of all the Halifax Regional parks. However, park staffing levels are reduced during the winter months due to lesser maintenance demands, but a number of services do continue, including the Park Patrol.

" We understand the popularity of Point Pleasant Park and we appreciate the public's high-regard for this natural asset. We have no plans to close it during the winter months," said Mr. MacKay.

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John O'Brien
Corporate Communications Officer

John MacKay
Director of Works and Natural Services

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