EDM was retained by the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) in 2018 to produce a park design for Sherbrooke Lake, a natural freshwater lake that has a rich history of use in the area. While access to the Lake is through MODL, the park property is within the Municipality of the District of Chester. A memorandum of understanding between the municipalities was established for design and operation of the park, which included the following key design principles for the park: public access should have an environmental focus; public access should be safe, clean and secure; and, public access should be accessible for the general public.
The master plan presented the layout of the park and the location of park elements including a description of each park element and how it fit within the overall plan, information about materials, permitting considerations, and a class D estimate. The elements included: shoreline swimming, a floating walkway to Shoal Island, a floating swimming raft, a washroom pavilion, gates, a boat launch, picnic area, hiking trails, a natural playground, and pit restoration and wetland creation. Road upgrades, parking areas and garbage/recycling bins were also addressed. The report included the suggested phasing of the park elements, with cost estimates, safety considerations, and a description of an adaptive management approach for the development of the park.
The final plan highlighted the natural features of the landscape, such as the well established forest with a high canopy, streams, wetlands and of course, Sherbrooke Lake. The design has a low impact on the surrounding environment, especially the water quality of the lake, is aesthetically pleasing, and offers a safe user experience.