Donations to expand and improve City trail network

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cyclists on mult-iuse trail

Local philanthropists are leading two projects to improve and expand the City of Peterborough trail network.

Scott Wood, a local entrepreneur and owner of the Ashburnham Ale House, has initiated a project to provide lighting along the Rotary Greenway Trail between Hunter Street and Douro Street. This trail is unlit, and many people use this section at night.

Wood says, “As someone who loves to walk and cycle, I think it’s great to see so many people using the trails. Lighting improves their safety and extends the time that people feel safe using the trails. I am excited to be leading this project.”

Wood and the Village (East City) BIA are kickstarting the project by contributing about half of the $50,000 cost of the project. They are hoping that others will donate to round out the project needs. Tax receipts are available for donations made to this project, which can be made on-line via the City of Peterborough website donation page.

Meanwhile, Haig Kelly and Barron Cowan are funding construction of a new trail through Roper Park. A formal connection between Roper Drive and Firwood Drive will allow people to get from one neighbourhood to the other more easily. The trail will also connect to Parkhill Road near the access to the TransCanada Trail, the closest trail for people living in these neighbourhoods. The trail will be paved so that it can be maintained in the winter, knowing that neighbourhood and trail connections are used year-round.

An astounding number of local trails have been built and supported by Kelly and Cowan, including the Parkway Trail, Crawford Trail, Rotary Greenway to Lakefield, BEL Rotary Bridgenorth Trail, TransCanada Trail from Lindsay to Peterborough and east to Hastings. The TransCanada Trail Foundation contributed 50% of the cost of the trail east of Peterborough.           

“The trail donations announced are wonderful gifts and, at this time, such positive news is especially appreciated,” said Councillor Lesley Parnell, the Arenas, Parks and Recreation Portfolio Chair on City Council.

Construction on the new Roper Park Trail is expected to be underway very soon. The Rotary Greenway Trail lighting project will begin once the fundraising is completed.

Recent surveys have indicated that trails are the number one priority for Peterborough residents in terms of recreation facilities.

This information is also available on the City of Peterborough website www.peterborough.ca.

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Sue Sauve, Transportation Demand Management Planner

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1485

1-855-738-3755 ext. 1485