Peter­bor­ough Trail­builders As­so­ci­a­tion to main­tain Harold Town cy­cling trails

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - MARISSA LENTZ SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

The Harold Town Con­ser­va­tion Area has of­fi­cially opened its trails for the 2018 sea­son and they should be cleaner than ever.

After en­ter­ing a new agree­ment with Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion, the Peter­bor­ough Trail­builders As­so­ci­a­tion will be tak­ing on the role of main­tain­ing trails lo­cated through­out the con­ser­va­tion area, which is lo­cated east of the city at 2611 Old Nor­wood Rd. in Oton­abee-South Mon­aghan Town­ship.

Marked by a rib­bon-cut­ting, mem­bers of the PTA and Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion gath­ered at the con­ser­va­tion area on Wed­nes­day morn­ing to cel­e­brate the re­open­ing of the trails un­der the new agree­ment.

“Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion ap­plauds the mem­bers of the Peter­bor­ough Trails As­so­ci­a­tion for their ini­tia­tive, com­mit­ment, and en­thu­si­asm in their mis­sion to main­tain and de­velop trails for the ben­e­fit of area res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the re­gion,” said Dan Marinigh, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer of Oton­abee Con­ser­va­tion.

“The trails at the Harold Town Con­ser­va­tion Area are en­joyed by hun­dreds of cy­clists, walk­ers, and hik­ers ev­ery year and it is en­cour­ag­ing that a lo­cal group of trail en­thu­si­asts have stepped for­ward to take on such a sig­nif­i­cant stew­ard­ship role.”

Harold Town Con­ser­va­tion Area was do­nated by the es­tate of Harold Town in 1994.

“It’s been farmed, it’s been skied, it’s been used as a range and now it’s used for bik­ing,” Marinigh said.

Gor­don Wilson, pres­i­dent of the PTA, said found­ing mem­bers have been play­ing a lead role in the de­vel­op­ment of this type of trail ex­pe­ri­ence for many years.

“The moun­tain bike com­mu­nity has been act­ing in some ca­pac­ity as a stew­ard for the prop­erty for prob­a­bly over 10 years now,” he said.“We’re ex­cep­tion­ally grate­ful for the sup­port we’ve re­ceived from our trail user com­mu­nity and our lo­cal busi­ness part­ners who have been key to mak­ing this agree­ment pos­si­ble.”

Wilson also en­cour­ages all trail users to rec­og­nize how valu­able th­ese spa­ces are to the com­mu­nity and to show sup­port for the ini­tia­tive.

NOTE: The web­site for the as­so­ci­a­tion is­bo­trail­


Cy­clists ride the Harold Town Con­ser­va­tion Area trails for the first time in 2018 on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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