Bathurst Youth Centre to cease operations at Atlas Park

The Bathurst Youth Centre will no longer be operating Atlas Park in Pointe-Verte as of next month.

A message on the village's Facebook page says it was notified the Youth Centre would be leaving the premises and would cease operations there as of February 1st.

The centre had been operating the park since May of 2017 and was recently granted a lease-extension.

The village says the organization's unexpected departure leaves it without a plan for this winter and that funds were not allocated in the municipal budget for the park's operation as council had anticipated the Youth Centre would act as tenant and operator until May of 2020.

Meanwhile, the village says low fish stocks mean there will be ice fishing at Atlas Park this winter but adds snowshoe trails remain open and accessible for the season.

The message says Pointe-Verte's municipal council will soon be discussing scenarios for the park's future.

The Bathurst Youth Centre will no longer be operating Atlas Park in Pointe-Verte as of next month.

A message on the village's Facebook page says it was notified the Youth Centre would be leaving the premises and would cease operations there as of February 1st.

The centre had been operating the park since May of 2017 and was recently granted a lease-extension.

The village says the organization's unexpected departure leaves it without a plan for this winter and that funds were not allocated in the municipal budget for the park's operation as council had anticipated the Youth Centre would act as tenant and operator until May of 2020.

Meanwhile, the village says low fish stocks mean there will be ice fishing at Atlas Park this winter but adds snowshoe trails remain open and accessible for the season.

The message says Pointe-Verte's municipal council will soon be discussing scenarios for the park's future.

July Synnott meanwhile, a consultant hired by the Bathurst Youth Centre, says that after nearly two years of operating the park it was determined to not be financially viable.

She says the community organization can't afford a deficit at the risk of causing gaps in services to local youth and their families.

Synnott says anyone with reservations at Atlas Park in the coming months will have deposits returned to them.