Town con­sid­er­ing open­ing up cen­tral trail in Wa­ter­fowl Park to cy­clists


SACKVILLE, N.B. – Cy­clists may soon have an­other route to travel through Sackville’s Wa­ter­fowl Park.

Sackville town coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing an amend­ment to the ex­ist­ing by­law for the park, which would open up the cen­tral path­way to bi­cy­cle traf­fic.

Cur­rently, bikes are only per­mit­ted on the por­tion of the trail sys­tem that goes around the Wa­ter­fowl Park. But af­ter the town re­ceived sev­eral re­quests last year to al­low bi­cy­cles on the main path­way that runs through the cen­ter of the park, from the Drew Nurs­ing Home over to Clarence Street (by the cov­ered bridge), the pol­icy and by­law com­mit­tee has been con­sid­er­ing the change.

Over the past few months, the com­mit­tee has been seek­ing in­put from lo­cal stake­hold­ers and of­fi­cials – rang­ing from the Sackville Wa­ter­fowl Park ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, the parks staff, the by­law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and the Drew Nurs­ing Home staff – on whether the town should con­sider mak­ing the amend­ment to the ex­ist­ing by­law.

Lo­cal res­i­dents were also given an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide their in­put via a public on­line sur­vey.

“The sup­port for the amend­ment was over­whelm­ing,” said Coun. Bill Evans, li­ai­son coun­cil­lor with the by­law com­mit­tee.

First read­ing of the by­law was ap­proved dur­ing town coun­cil’s monthly meet­ing on April 13 with sec­ond and third read­ing ex­pected to come for­ward dur­ing next month’s meet­ing.

Coun. Bill Evans

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