Thursday, June 18, 2009

Walking Trail master plan for community

The following story appeared in this weeks' Crowsnest Pass Herald newspaper about last week's announcement, at the Crowsnest Pass Chamber Luncheon, on the bold initiative to create a walking trail system that connects the entire Pass. The extract from the Chamber of Commerce News is as follows:

Nathen Gallagher
Pass Herald Reporter

Pat Lundy, who was hired by the municipality to produce a walking trail master plan for the community, presented the results of her and the walking trail committee’s efforts. “I’m thrilled with the whole project,” said Lundy.

The final plan of the master plan is not yet ready, but Lundy gave an overview of the work to this point. The trust of the walking trail plan is a single maintained walking trail connecting the entire Pass, running from the Visitor Information Centre in Sentinel to the Leitch Collieries east of Bellevue.

The second phase, said Lundy, is to connect to many of the other trails in the area, such as the Miner's path and Star Creek Falls. All of these trails would connect with the main trail, and all would be signed with directions, distances, and difficulty level markers. Kiosks would be placed at points along the system, along with benches, picnic tables, bear-proof garbage bins, bike racks, water faucets, bathrooms, and even dog bag dispensers for cleaning up after our furry friends.

The project already has money allocated to it, said Lundy, but they are applying for a matching federal grant to help stretch that money even further and possibly finish the main trails and signage over the next couple years. "We're keeping our fingers crossed," she said.

"We're developing a lot of opportunities for people to be part of the trail system in some way," she added. The plan is to offer sponsorship opportunities for kiosks, memorial benches, and other items on the trail system to help raise more funds for further expanding the project.

Another good news story that exemplifies some of the positive things that are definitely happening in the Pass. If you want to be part of the change that is happening here in the Beautiful Crowsnest Pass, give me a call at 403-564-4518.

John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, CENTURY 21 'The Professionals Ltd.' (Crowsnest Pass Real Estate). Serving the Crowsnest Pass and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at:

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