Boardwalk revamp set for spring
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 glengarrytrails.com
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
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