The Municipality owns numerous properties, many of which have specific uses such as sewer connections, wharves and schools. Other properties have been purchased or were acquired through our open space bylaw and serve as green space. Still other properties have been designated for public use and have been developed with a goal in mind, such as water access or picnic areas.
Anvil Park in Chester Basin offers a peaceful green space in the heart of the community. With a history as the area's blacksmith shop, an informative monument, and the quiet solitude of the brook in the background, this is a wonderful place for a relaxing break.
NEW! Castle Rock
Hike, bike, and ATV to the heights of East River with panoramic views across all of Mahone Bay. A map is available by clicking here or dropping by the Recreation & Parks Department for a printed copy during business hours.
East River Property
The Municipality owns a nice little piece of property which hugs the banks of the East River. The land connects with Highway 3 to the south and crosses over the Chester Connection trail to the north making for a nice walking loop if you are brave enough to cross the brook.
Green Gym Park
Just on the other side of Croft Road from the playground is our outdoor fitness park. This park gives users a different experience of using exercise equipment outdoors. There are five different stations for a full body workout.
Residents and visitors also have access to several trail systems throughout the Municipality. Click here for information on our trails. Click here to get information about the Rum Runners Trail (from Halifax to Lunenburg).
Village of Chester Gazebo
The gazebo at Parade Square, next to the Chester Yacht Club, is a popular place for weddings and summer music concerts. People can call the Recreation & Parks Department to book the space for an event at 902-275-3490.
Wild Rose Park
Wild Rose Park is a prominent feature in the community of Western Shore. The views of Mahone Bay, the picnic area, the water access and of course the wild rose bushes are a significant part of the community. The park is a perfect spot for a picnic lunch, a dip in the water or a place to sit and watch the many boats cruise the bay in the summer. There is also a small boat launch for your kayak or canoe. The Municipality of Chester took ownership of Wild Rose Park early in 2012.
Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School
105 Parkwood Drive, Mill Cove
Aspotogan Elementary is a P3 school with the Ashford Consortium as a private-sector partner. Being an elementary school, some of the rooms within the school are equipped with youth-sized furnishings limiting public use by adults to the cafeteria, gymnasium, music room and select other rooms.
The gymnasium has a synthetic floor (no adult floor-hockey) and is equipped with basketball hoops with height adjustability, as well as equipment for volleyball, badminton, youth floor-hockey and a variety of other activities. There is a small stage on one end of the gym.
The Music Room is designed with good acoustics in mind and is equipped with a carpeted riser for performance use.
The cafeteria is large enough for birthday parties or community meetings with natural lighting and good acoustics. The school also has a small play-field as well as a variety of playground elements.
|Small Meeting Room||$6/hour||$12/hour|
Forest Heights Community School
847 Route 12, Chester Grant
Forest Heights is the only High School in our Municipality and was built to operate with approximately 400 students. There is a large gymnasium with a hardwood floor, retractable bleachers, six basketball nets (one main court or two smaller courts) and the capacity and equipment for volleyball, badminton, gymnastics, floor-hockey and a variety of other activities. The gym can be split easily with a motorized curtain-wall. The gymnasium area has large locker rooms as well as a fully equipped fitness centre housing free-weights, cardio machines and a large Universal machine.
The cafeteria space will comfortably sit over 200 people and has a stage with a hardwood surface. The area was designed with performances in mind and has excellent lighting and sound qualities. Audio and lighting equipment is also housed at the school and can be used by community groups upon request.
Classrooms within the school offer a variety of sizes and capabilities. Most are standard classrooms with desks or tables and chairs but two are equipped with stoves, fridges, and counter space for meal preparation. All classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and screens.
A unique amenity of the school is an enclosed, outdoor courtyard containing a variety of ornamental trees and shrubbery. The school also has a soccer field, two ponds, and is bordered by a large track of Crown land consisting of mixed forest, trails and waterways.
**includes three hours of gym use plus the use of all sport equipment
We are fortunate in our Municipality to have two formal Community Use Schools: Forest Heights Community School (FHCS) in Chester Grant and Aspotogan Consolidated Elementary School (ACES) in Hubbards/Mill Cove. Both schools were developed as Community Schools from the beginning (FHCS in 1992 and ACES in 2000). In both cases, an agreement is in place between the South Shore Regional School Board and the Municipality of the District of Chester (as well as the Ashford Consortium in the case of ACES) which formalizes the ability of the public to access these spaces in an easy and affordable way.
In addition to the schools being available for rent, recreation programming also takes place for the schools, making them a centre for community activity, education, and fun. These programs are listed seasonally in our Explore Life recreation guide and are organized by the Community School Coordinator. As a result of rentals and organized programs, a wide variety of activities and functions take place in our community schools; everything from fitness classes and meetings of non-profit community groups, to dog agility and model airplane flying!
The Community School Coordinator is a Municipal staff position and works within the Chester Municipal Recreation and Parks Department. The position is tasked with coordinating the public use of the two schools, including programming and scheduling.
To inquire about use of either of the schools, contact the Community School Coordinator at 902-275-2712, click here for email, or follow this link to request a space online.