New trail sys­tem in Bon­shaw

156 acres added to Bon­shaw, Strath­gart­ney parks with trails for hik­ing, bik­ing, snowshoeing and cross-coun­try skiing

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING -

“We are very ex­cited to see Is­lan­ders en­joy­ing this space and we look for­ward to the im­prove­ments to come.’’ Bon­shaw Hills Public Lands Com­mit­tee Co-chair Jackie Waddell.

Con­struc­tion of a trail sys­tem is un­der­way in the ex­panded park in Bon­shaw Hills with more than eight kilo­me­tres of trail now ready for use.

The public trail sys­tem in­cludes the com­ple­tion of two pedes­trian bridges at the Bon­shaw River.

Is­lan­ders are al­ready us­ing the trails and tem­po­rary trail sig­nage will soon be in place.

Gov­ern­ment pur­chased 156 acres of pri­vate land in the Bon­shaw area to add to the ex­panded park, which also in­cludes the ex­ist­ing land in the Bon­shaw and Strath­gart­ney pro­vin­cial parks.

The ex­panded park will in­clude ar­eas for year-round ac­tive liv­ing and recre­ation. This in­cludes out­door ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing, bik­ing, snowshoeing and cross-coun­try skiing.

The Bon­shaw Hills public land com­mit­tee is work­ing with the P.E.I. Coun­cil of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties to de­velop wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble path­ways. Recre­ation P.E.I. has also come on board to as­sist with de­vel­op­ment of a nat­u­ral play space at the Bon­shaw day park.

“We are very ex­cited to see Is­lan­ders en­joy­ing this space and we look for­ward to the im­prove­ments to come,” said cochair Jackie Waddell.

A map iden­ti­fy­ing the trails cur­rently avail­able for use can be found online at http://www.gov.pe.ca/tir/bon­shawhills

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

Brian Thompson, left, and Jackie Waddell, co-chairs of the Bon­shaw Hills Public Lands Com­mit­tee, walk one of the many trails ready for use in the ex­panded Bon­shaw Park. The eight kilo­me­tres of trails can be used year-round for hik­ing, bik­ing, snowshoeing and cross-coun­try skiing.

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