Bathurst Youth Centre assumes management of Atlas Park

A new partnership between the Bathurst Youth Centre (BYC) and the Village of Pointe-Verte will result in the development and revitalization of a popular recreational site as well as better access to services for the region's youth.

The youth centre has assumed management of Atlas Park, effective Monday, May 1, for a renewable two-year mandate, and will work with the village to develop a long-term plan.

The BYC has been operating in the region since 1998 and, since then, has been looking for ways to expand services to youth.

Pointe-Verte Mayor Normand Doiron says the partnership will help develop the regional site's recreational and tourism mandate and add a new youth-oriented focus.

Though management has changed hands, youth centre board president Josh Ouellette says popular activities like scuba-diving and the annual Atlas Park Great Fishing Derby will continue at the site.

Atlas Park first opened in 1994 and has become a mainstay of the Chaleur region's tourism and recreation scene, becoming the only site in the Atlantic provinces with the PADI designation for diving.

Many services offered by the BYC to youth will be offered at Atlas Park, which will function as a satellite operation.

Ouellette says consulting with local citizens will be an integral part of the BYC's efforts to rejuvenate the park's activities.

The project will also see the BYC focus on developing activities to ensure the sustainability of both its satellite office project and park operations.