The province and Annapolis County partnered on a pathway project that runs from the main gate at the former naval base all the way to Basinview Centre where the shops are.
The province chipped in with funds from its sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.
Clare-Digby MLA Gordon Wilson was at Cornwallis Park early on Oct. 2 on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan to announce $19,400 for the county to develop a connector from Cornwallis Park to the Basinview Centre.
"This project will help these residents get to the shops and services of the Basinview Centre, without getting in their cars," said Wilson. "Projects like this improve our neighbourhoods and help us reduce emissions by encouraging walking and cycling."
The centre includes a grocery store, post office, restaurants, physical therapy clinic, and the Fundy YMCA.
"The County of Annapolis is pleased to be creating a new pathway to make it easier for our residents to get to the grocery store, YMCA and other services," said Warden Timothy Habiniski in a media release. "Better connecting our residents not only creates healthier communities but also makes them safer and more attractive."
District 6 Councillor Alex Morrison spoke at the funding announcement and said in an interview the county is putting a similar amount with the provincial money. He said the project will restore the sidewalk from the Cornwallis Park main gate to Basinview Centre.
“They cross at the brand new, flashing overhead light crosswalk that we have that makes people so happy,” Morrison said. “That new crosswalk was put in about three weeks ago.”
“It makes it safer, because the sidewalk has been virtually unusable for the last three or four years because of overgrowth it’s forced people to walk on the side of the road, which is not a good thing,” he said. “So it makes the journey much more safe.”
Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province.
This year, Connect2 will support about 22 projects across the province. More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by the end of March 2018.
For more information about Connect2, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation