Board­walk re­vamp set for spring

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Con­struc­tion of a new Lochiel Street board­walk on the Glen­garry Trails in Alexan­dria is ex­pected to start later this year.

The Friends of the Glen­garry Trails As­so­ci­a­tion was re­cently awarded a grant of $84,000 from the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion to carry out the work that is to be com­pleted by May of 2020.

The board­walk re­place­ment com­mit­tee mem­bers are cur­rently in the process of se­lect­ing the de­sign for the new board­walk. Part of this process will in­volve de­sign­ing ac­ces­si­ble ramps that will en­able peo­ple of all abil­i­ties to get on and off the board­walk.

A ten-panel sto­ry­board will also be in­stalled.

The funds will en­able fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to con­tinue to ex­plore the for­est sur­round­ing Loch Garry and to em­brace the beauty of the Glen­garry Trails.

“Tril­lium grant fund­ing will be used to re­place the 460-foot long Lochiel Street board­walk, which had fallen into dis­re­pair over time. The ex­ist­ing board­walk was con­structed more than 20 years ago by the Friends of the Glen­garry Trails As­so­ci­a­tion, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Raisin River Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity,” said North Glen­garry Coun­cil­lor Jeff Man­ley, who is chair of the board­walk com­mit­tee.

Last year the mu­nic­i­pal­ity awarded $3,300 to the as­so­ci­a­tion to cre­ate a sto­ry­board fea­ture along the trails. Each of the ten pan­els will con­tain part of a story.

The goal is to cap­ture the in­ter­est of chil­dren and fam­i­lies vis­it­ing the trails, fur­ther en­hanc­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence for visi­tors. The sto­ry­boards rep­re­sent a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the Glen­garry En­core Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre mem­bers who will be writ­ing the fic­tion­al­ized sto­ries and mem­bers from the Glen­garry Artists' Col­lec­tive, who will be pro­vid­ing the il­lus­tra­tions. Tril­lium Fund­ing will be used to pay for the re­main­ing costs of this project, which is also ex­pected to com­mence this year.

The Lochiel Street board­walk is lo­cated on town­ship prop­erty, serv­ing as one of the pri­mary ac­cess points to the trail network, which en­com­passes more than 15 kilo­me­tres of na­ture trails.

The trail-head is lo­cated on Lochiel Street West, just past Is­land Park. The trails are lo­cated on both pub­lic and pri­vate lands and are main­tained by a ded­i­cated group of vol­un­teers, who or­ga­nize monthly work bees to keep the trails clean and groomed. Vol­un­teers and mem­bers are al­ways wel­come to join the group by vis­it­ing glen­gar­ry­

The sys­tem is lo­cated in the Garry River wa­ter­shed, fea­tur­ing both wood­land and wet­land ar­eas. The as­so­ci­a­tion has built board­walks, small bridges and in­ter­pre­tive signs along the length of the trails, which are open year­round. Dur­ing the sum­mer, visi­tors can ap­pre­ci­ate flow­ers, birds and wildlife on the trails.

“In win­ter, the trails fea­ture some of the County's most beau­ti­ful sun­sets and they rep­re­sent a true jewel in On­tario's Celtic Heart­land,” boasts the town­ship.

ON THE BOARD­WALK: a facelift later this year. The Lochiel Street board­walk will get


THEATRE ON WHEELS: Chil­dren at L’École élé­men­taire catholique de l’Ange-Gar­dien in North Lan­caster, École éle­men­taire catholique Elda-Rouleau and École élé­men­taire publique Terre des Je­unes in Alexan­dria were treated to a show by Théâtre Tortue Ber­lue, a Québec-based trav­el­ling the­atri­cal show. Spon­sored by Le Cen­tre cul­turel Les trois p’tits points, the tour en­ter­tained chil­dren in kinder­garten, grades 1 and 2.

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