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Three sisters (from left to right) 81-year-old Joan Delorey, 89-year-old Joy Van Norden, and 87-year-old Francis Sawler have donated land to Wild Rose Park. <br /> <em>CBC</em>

Three sisters (from left to right) 81-year-old Joan Delorey, 89-year-old Joy Van Norden, and 87-year-old Francis Sawler have donated land to Wild Rose Park.
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3 sisters donate land to Mahone Bay seaside park

CBC News
Three elderly sisters from Western Shore were honoured Monday in Bridgewater for donating land to the District of Chester.

The sisters owned a 30-metre stretch of land on Mahone Bay and decided to donate it to the municipality so it can continue to operate Wild Rose Park.

Eighty-nine-year-old Joy Van Norden, 87-year-old Francis Sawler and the baby of the group, 81-year-old Joan Delorey, used to live in homes along Highway 3 in nearby Western Shore.

"They offered us a sum of money but we decided that we would like to do something to keep the park going, so we decided to donate that land," Van Norden said.

Van Norden's son Wayne, who could have received the property, said he's proud of the family's actions.

"This is a piece of land that I remember as a child, playing on at the beach. It's been in our family for generations and when the decision was made by Mom and her two sisters, I was overwhelmed with straight enthusiasm," he said.

Wild Rose Park comes by its name from the many rose bushes scattered along the 150-metre seaside park, even the light fixtures at the park have ornamental rose petals.

It has become a popular spot for locals and tourists.

Allen Webber, the Warden of the Municipality of the District of Chester, said the gift means a lot to the community.

"It's very significant that now it will remain in its current form without any holes and gaps, so you can take that long stroll across the oceanfront and not have to cross anyone's private property," Webber said.

A plaque bearing the sisters' names and their parents' names will be displayed on the property.

"Knowing that the park is going to be looked after, that will make us very happy," Van Norden said.

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