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Cumberland Starts Fundraising Campaign to Purchase Maple Lake

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Cumberland Council is very pleased to announce its campaign to raise funds for the purchase of Maple Lake lands for a public park.

“Maple Lake has been on our radar for more than 20 years and we are now taking action to preserve it as a public park,” said Leslie Baird, Mayor of the Village of Cumberland. “With the cooperation of the owner, Hancock Timber, and support from many community organizations we hope to purchase these lands to further the conservation of the community’s natural spaces and its biodiversity.”

In the coming months, Council will consider the appointment of a committee made up of community organization leaders and community members at-large to lead fundraising efforts in the Comox Valley. The Council has indicated its intent to the property owner, Hancock Natural Resource Group, which has agreed to begin negotiations in 2013.

Cumberland Council’s vision is to connect Maple Lake to the Village’s recreational trail system so that residents and visitors can bike and hike to the lake from the Village centre. Its goals is for the lake to be accessible to all, with a future public road and parking area to ensure that everyone can access the lake for fishing and its outstanding recreation opportunities.

Donations toward the purchase of the property can be made to the Village of Cumberland. Tax receipts will be issued upon request. Council has committed not to use property tax revenues to fund the acqusition of the land.

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