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Friday, October 2, 2015

Ontario Trails Council User Issues Survey

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User Group Meeting Leads to Survey on Use Issues

Through various process the Ontario Trails Council has an idea of the number of trail projects and the value that they represent to capital investment in Ontario each year.

We also get called regularly to set up processes or advise on how to approach authorities in order to get trail access. In many cases we also write grants and work with groups to stimulate process to get trails developed or built.

What is not so clear is a map of where access and use is at a crossroads. It is clear through sdome discussion that a clearer inventory of hot spots or at risk trails would enable use to better respond to bring change or adjustment so that trails are not lost.

We need you to help us by answering our survey on land access issues. We have designed this for both the land manager and the trail user to complete. 

An e-mail will be sent to OTC Members to complete the survey once it is live.


Credit Valley Conservation Completes Trail - with OTC and National Trails Coalition support.


Friends of Island Lake mark successful end to Close the Gap campaign

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The chair of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) doesn’t think a project such as the trail system and boardwalks at Island Lake would have been built in larger metropolis areas.
At least not in the hands-on fashion the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) and their partners did it here in Dufferin County, according to Mississauga Coun. Nando Iannicca.

“The people that came out here and rolled up their sleeves, the sweat equity they put in, it is a vocation, it is an honour,” Iannicca said during the celebration marking FOIL’s completion of the 11.5 km Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail around Island Lake on Friday (Aug. 28).

“You wouldn’t have had this done in some other bigger cities,” the CVC chair added. “It is quite an achievement and it speaks more to the character and the class of the community above and beyond what was actually built.”

More than a decade, $2 million in donations, 11.5 km of trail and 12,000 volunteer hours later, FOIL has finally closed the gap. The final leg of the trail at Island Lake was officially opened for public use in July.
On Friday, FOIL past chairman Bob Shirley thanked the dozens of people and organizations that came together to contribute to the planning and construction of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail.

They were the ones who spent more than 12,000 volunteers hours on the project, whether that meant collecting scrap metal, clearing the trail’s path or screwing wooden planks onto the boardwalk on their own.
“Absolutely, this could not have happened without the FOIL members,” Shirley said. “It just goes on and on. Once we got started, it just seemed to keep flowing.”

None of this would have happened without all of their efforts throughout the years, Shirley said, singling out the trail’s brainchild and current Mono CAO Keith McNeily.


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