LANCASTER – A group looking to take pressure off a local tourist attraction, while it preserves and promotes the history of South Lancaster, wants waterfront benches and signs depicting the history of the area.
Bev Bethune with the History of South Lancaster Promotion Project will present the ideas from the “group of concerned citizens” tonight (Monday) to South Glengarry council.
They include park benches on the municipal right-of-ways at the end of Calvin Street, Grace Lane and Cairnview Road – three dead-end streets next to the South Lancaster Wharf.
The second proposal is historic signs at each of the three park bench locations, explaining the history of the area. “For example, the sign on Calvin Street could describe the Tannery that stood just to the west of the right-of-way and the sign on Cairnview (Road) would give the history of the Cairn,” Bethune wrote.
The ideas are meant to make visits from tourists more enjoyable and take some pressure off the Wharf, “which is the central point of old South Lancaster (and) has become too busy and congested during the summer.”
The group of nine local residents plan to raise the $10,000 to do it but would also like help from municipal, provincial or federal governments.
The presentation to South Glengarry council is just after 7 p.m. tonight.