Saint John, July 16, 2015
Tin Can Beach is located at the southern tip of the Saint John Peninsula and is the last natural coastal setting in Uptown Saint John. It offers a spectacular view of the harbour and a place to truly experience the Bay of Fundy tides and coastal habitat. The beach has historically been visited by Saint John’s residents as an unofficial green space and recreational area. It is often described as the “hidden gem” of Saint John since it tucked between traditional industrial uses of the Saint John Harbour.
ACAP Saint John recognizes the potential to reveal this “hidden gem” and revitalize the area. Last year the organization planted over 450 trees along Sydney Street with help from volunteers as part of an ecological restoration and revitalization project. The project is ongoing and this year ACAP Saint John is turning to the broader community to ask locals what they want to see happen at Tin Can Beach.
The public is invited to share their thoughts, ideas, and stories about Tin Can Beach through the organization’s website under “My Tin Can Beach is...” as well as with the social media hashtag #TinCanBeach. Three signs are also located in Uptown Saint John where people are invited to write comments and ideas. Signs can be found both at Tin Can Beach and on Germain Street across from the ACAP Saint John office. Pop-up signs will be located at the Queen Square Farmer’s Market on July 26th and August 9th in Rainbow Park. The ideas collected will inform the future direction of the project and the types of improvements that will be made.
The goal of this placemaking activity is to carry out a unique project that residents have a hand in creating. A collaborative and inclusive approach for revitalizing Tin Can Beach will result in a valued public space that meets the needs of our community. Community projects contribute to the health, happiness, and well being of residents and our quality of life. This project will draw on the existing ideas, skills, and assets in our community to reimagine and reinvent Tin Can Beach. ACAP Saint John has spent the last 23 years bridging the enthusiasm and creativity of the Greater Saint John community with its own firm commitment toward growing a more healthy, sustainable city.
About ACAP Saint John
ACAP Saint John is a local non-profit environmental organization that works with many stakeholders and organizations within the Greater Saint John community on environmental stewardship.
For over two decades, ACAP has conducted successful in-school environmental education programs, summer camps, ecological inventories, water quality monitoring programs, habitat restorations, watercourse restorations, wetland enhancements, contaminated site remediation and engaged thousands of area residents in community cleanup initiatives.
For more information, please contact:
Executive Director, ACAP Saint John
(506) 652-2227 | www.acapsj.org