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Stephenville frustrated trying to get Indian Head Park ownership


Shane Young of Piccadilly would like to see the former Indian Head Park in Stephenville developed back into a park.

He'd like to be able to camp in the area because there are not many places to get a campsite nearby, he said.

"It wouldn’t take much to get it back,” he said while taking a walk in the park on Monday.

Young's sentiment is shared by many.

Mayor Tom O’Brien of Stephenville is quick to point out his frustration in trying to get the Indian Head Park property transferred from the provincial government to the town.

He said the land was transferred many years ago from the federal government to the the province. For the past six to seven years the Town of Stephenville has been trying to get the property signed over.

He said currently Harmon Seaside Links, the 18-hole golf course in the town, has a long term lease with the provincial government for the golf course property.

The town, in conjunction with Harmon Seaside Links, wants to redevelop the Indian Head Park property back into a park but the control of the land is needed.

O’Brien said to his knowledge all conditions have been dealt but the final paper work and transfer documents are slow in coming.

Roger Hulan, secretary for Harmon Seaside Links board of directors, agrees and said this asset has been sitting there for years underutilized. If transferred, it could be used as a tourism area with functional campgrounds.

With more than 20 trailers parked near the beach at the end of the golf course property on Monday, he’s sure the owners would like to have a campground to go to for more privacy.

The provincial government is working with Transport Canada to get the property cleared because of its close vicinity to Stephenville airport and it being part of a fly zone.

John Finn, MHA for Stephenville-Port au Port, said this transfer has been years in the making and has gone through various portfolios in Transportation and Works.

He said he was informed Friday by Minister Al Hawkins that all now needed is a confirmation from federal government regarding land use since it is adjacent to the airport.

Finn said this agreement is not just for the park property, but also the entire golf course.

“While we don’t know how long that will take, I’m confident to have something on this in the very near future with regards to a decision,” he said.

He'd like to be able to camp in the area because there are not many places to get a campsite nearby, he said.

"It wouldn’t take much to get it back,” he said while taking a walk in the park on Monday.

Young's sentiment is shared by many.

Mayor Tom O’Brien of Stephenville is quick to point out his frustration in trying to get the Indian Head Park property transferred from the provincial government to the town.

He said the land was transferred many years ago from the federal government to the the province. For the past six to seven years the Town of Stephenville has been trying to get the property signed over.

He said currently Harmon Seaside Links, the 18-hole golf course in the town, has a long term lease with the provincial government for the golf course property.

The town, in conjunction with Harmon Seaside Links, wants to redevelop the Indian Head Park property back into a park but the control of the land is needed.

O’Brien said to his knowledge all conditions have been dealt but the final paper work and transfer documents are slow in coming.

Roger Hulan, secretary for Harmon Seaside Links board of directors, agrees and said this asset has been sitting there for years underutilized. If transferred, it could be used as a tourism area with functional campgrounds.

With more than 20 trailers parked near the beach at the end of the golf course property on Monday, he’s sure the owners would like to have a campground to go to for more privacy.

The provincial government is working with Transport Canada to get the property cleared because of its close vicinity to Stephenville airport and it being part of a fly zone.

John Finn, MHA for Stephenville-Port au Port, said this transfer has been years in the making and has gone through various portfolios in Transportation and Works.

He said he was informed Friday by Minister Al Hawkins that all now needed is a confirmation from federal government regarding land use since it is adjacent to the airport.

Finn said this agreement is not just for the park property, but also the entire golf course.

“While we don’t know how long that will take, I’m confident to have something on this in the very near future with regards to a decision,” he said.

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