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Photo Credit - Dave Adams pauses for a photo as he grooms the new Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail alongside the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)
Construction of the waterfront linear park expansion is recognized as part of the City of Temiskaming Shores' economic development goal of positioning the municipality as a retirement living community and tourist center. The municipality views the STATO group as being a valuable catalyst to encourage "new tourism" dollars to our community. The construction of the linear park expansion will not only provide leisure opportunities for the inhabitants and visitors to the community, it is also regarded as a determinant of public health.
Health promoters recognize increased physical activity by all age groups as a factor of lowering incidences of chronic disease. This park will become a destination for tourists looking for a healthy alternative to get-a-ways in the urban centres.
STATO has been and continues to be active lobbying local interest in the project and fundraising. To date we have raised over $15,000 in membership only (new & renewal). The cost of a membership of $10 per person. The $10 membership is a great way for you (the community) to show your support towards our project. It is also a great way of fundraising. Furthermore, it is a big proof of community support when added on our funding application. Community Support is a very important criteria.
STATO has also held many fundraising events, including an annual dinner/fashion show, annual amazing race, a walk-run-bike event, annual fishing derby, a sausage drive, a pond hockey tournament, a membership drive, annual chilly lunch, a chilly run, annual golf tournament, a human auction, a diva show, some walking and family biking events, and several other, raising over $372,000 locally thus far. The momentum is building in the community for the development of the waterfront linear park, as part of STATO's active transportation plan.
The benefits of constructing and maintaining the Temiskaming Shores Waterfront Linear Park Expansion will include, but are not limited to the following attributes. The project will link many of the regional attractions that we have been building on in the past few years.
For example, there will be a corridor of park land from the northern part of the Township of Dymond to the southern tip of Haileybury with a vision to link to Cobalt, along the shore of Lake Temiskaming along Dawson Point Road and into the Province of Quebec.
Planning into the future could ultimately mean a natural waterfront expansion that circles Lake Temiskaming in its entirety. Tourist attractions and retail businesses along the waterfront will be linked not only by highway/roadway but also by a walkway parkland area. the steps that have been taken by STATO to get where we are today.
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