Sun and surf enthusiasts at Dominion Beach, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, will soon see improvements at the provincial park. Work has begun to address damage caused by winter storms. “We have a plan to renew the walkways and grounds so Dominion Beach Provincial Park remains a fine family attraction,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. The department will re-align walkways from the parking lot to the beach and replace sections of boardwalk with a crusher-dust pathway. Wooden walkways between the park’s parking lot and the change house will be repaired. The boardwalk that has been repeatedly rebuilt in the past because of winter damage will not be replaced. Instead, a new pathway will allow access to the beach from the smaller parking area, next to the park. “Rather than continue to fight Mother Nature, we’ve chosen to work with her,” said Mr. Parker. Cobblestone brought ashore by the ocean will be left in place as erosion protection. The department will take steps to address water collecting around the main park building, including building a drainage ditch. The upgrades are expected to be completed within a few weeks. Efforts will be made to limit disruptions to visitors. Later this summer, department officials will begin working on a plan to guide the park’s long-term management. The Department of Natural Resources manages more than 125 parks throughout the province, including 71 with public beaches. For more information about Nova Scotia’s provincial beach parks, visit www.novascotiaparks.ca/misc/beaches.asp .