About Us


The Hemlock Group is a collaboration of engaged citizens whose goal is to create an outdoor recreation facility for the enjoyment and use of Pictou County and the greater community.

family walkingFor Pictou County to grow as a community there must be inspired focus on continued development of key resources. Trenton Park is one such resource which, through careful planning and implementation, will provide this region with tremendous opportunity. Creation of a superior year-round outdoor park facility is an important community asset that awaits development in Pictou County.  

 A group of community-minded individuals from Pictou County recognized the need for positive change in the region to foster growth in health and wellness, stimulate economic activity, boost tourism, enhance outdoor recreational opportunities, and attract residents to the area. Known as the Hemlock Group, this not-for-profit collaboration of passionate residents is planning to restore Trenton Park,



Members of the Hemlock Group have been working on the research and development of this project since 2013 with Trenton's Mayor, Council, and staff to achieve a restoration plan that focuses on establishing the key features necessary to the parks overall success. A focus on high quality product and materials has been paramount in developing a plan that will ensure a functional, enhanced build for an amazing user experience while ensuring sustainability for the municipality. Aside from developing the project plan, the Hemlock Group has dedicated their purpose to raising the funds required for the Town to implement the proposed changes.

To develop Trenton Park in its entirety is a massive undertaking and to realize its full potential as a dynamic, exciting and sustainable outdoor venue will require careful planning, implementation and considerable capital investment.  Once complete this universally accessible, high quality parkland will serve as a signature destination offering a wide complement of activities, many of which are unavailable in the region. It will benefit employee retention for local businesses and institutions while serving as an attraction to newcomers, important features for those interested in living in a strong, active, and vibrant community!   

Our Team

The Trenton Park Redevelopment Initiative is a strong showcase of local residents, elected municipal representatives, and businesses from the region working hand-in-hand to achieve a common goal. The Hemlock Group is:

Jen Bethell, Chair
Cindy MacKinnon, Vice - Chair 
Michele Smith, Treasurer 
Lisa MacDonald, Secretary 
Jeff Burrows
John Charlton
Emma Enman
Jack Kyte
Nicole LeBlanc
Katie MacNevin
Lesley Otter
The following municipal units have endorsed this project as having regional importance:
Municipality of the County of Pictou
Town of New Glasgow
Town of Pictou
Town of Stellarton
Town of Trenton
Town of Westville
A special thank you to the many individuals, businesses and organizations that have volunteered their time and services to establish this project, bringing us one step closer to transforming Trenton Park into a valuable key resource for this region:

Advocate Printing
St. Francis Xavier University
Big 8 Beverages
David Bateman Custom Designing
Doug MacKenzie, Recreation Director, Town of Truro
Frank Sobey
Grant Thornton Limited
LAWPS (Let Abilities Work Partnership Society)
Lucas Technology and Analytics
Mac Mac & Mac Law Offices
Marram Consulting
R.W.(Bill) Mills, Mayor of Truro
Sobeys Inc.
Tim Hortons
VisionFire Studios
Webbuilders Group