Tuesday, September 1, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“When we first decided to get married, we never planned on going for any marathon or endurance record. We just wanted to be together.”
- Larry Erickson  
- on 65 years of marriage 


The dream of a single trail connecting the entire community from one side to the other is now much closer to reality, as council has officially adopted a new Trail Master Plan and has approved a funding agreement to make it happen.
Pat Lundy, who coordinated its development, presented the plan to council on Tuesday, August 18. The Trail Master Plan outlines not only the creation of the single unified trail, but also the inclusion of all secondary trails in the Pass into a single coordinated trail network.
“Residents of the Crowsnest Pass see the trail network as an added feature that will provide another transportation option for residents and visitors,” said Lundy. “The trails will provide a variety of recreational opportunities such as walking, biking, jogging, cross-country skiing, historic tours, as well as bird and wildlife watching opportunities.”
Lundy noted that a group of volunteers on a trails committee has been working for several years with the Community Services department to make the project a reality. “Everyone has worked very hard to make this happen,” she said.
The short term goal, said Lundy, is to establish the backbone of the trail network, with a single trail, paved in some parts and gravelled in others, running from Leitch Collieries to Crowsnest Lake.
With this will come unifying trail signage all along the route, plus kiosks and amenities such as bear-proof garbage containers, picnic tables, benches, and bike racks.
The funding to make this happen will come from several sources. Roughly $55,000 will come from the Community Services budget; $241,000 will come from the provincial Municipal Sponsor-ship Program; $184,400 will come from the federal Recreation Infrastructure Canada grant; and $73,000 will have to be raised by the municipality through sponsorships, advertising, donations, or other means.
While the larger grants will go toward the meat and bones of the project, the municipal contribution will partly go toward hiring a temporary trail coordinator. This person will be paid $52,000 a year to oversee the project.
The trail system’s signage will be unified by a logo developed during the planning process. The signs will guide people along the trails and point toward historic sites and additional trails that can be reached.
In the long run, the plan calls for adding all of those additional trails to the trail network, with their own signs and amenities. Trails to be included range from easy to difficult, from the Miner’s Path and the trail to Lille to Star Creek Falls and the hike up Turtle Mountain.
“We’ve started to compile an inventory of the trails in the area,” said Lundy, adding that each will have its own difficulty rating and corresponding symbol.
Eventually, she said, the plan is to develop a map of this complete trail network, with detailed trail maps for each area of the Pass. They will also be creating a sponsorship program to allow businesses to advertise on the trail network somehow, providing a revenue for the ongoing project.
Community Services Director Cam Mertz requested that council adopt the Trail Master Plan as a formal municipal plan. Council did so, with a unanimous vote.
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