Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc. de­vel­op­ing pro­posal for new con­struc­tion

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Sun­day, Feb. 23, trail as­so­ci­a­tions lo­cated from St. Lawrence to St. Bernard’s-Jac­ques Fon­taine met to dis­cuss the Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Project, and in par­tic­u­lar, op­por­tu­ni­ties for trail de­vel­op­ment fund­ing in the re­gion.

The meet­ing was prompted by an an­nounce­ment within the 2014 federal budget $10 mil­lion in federal funds will be com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of trail projects over the next two years.

Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc. Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer Elroy Grandy said “This is an op­por­tune time to seek fund­ing for our re­gional trail de­vel­op­ment. With the po­ten­tial to re­ceive fund­ing at both the federal and provin­cial lev­els, we may make some sig­nif­i­cant progress on our trail­way in the com­ing year.”

Funds to be dis­trib­uted in con­junc­tion with the federal an­nounce­ment will be ad­min­is­tered by the Na­tional Trails Coali­tion – a not­for-profit body ded­i­cated to the de­vel­op­ment of trails in Canada. Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc. bene- fit­ted from a sim­i­lar pro­gram in 2009 when a trail con­nec­tion was con­structed be­tween Point Rosie and Pow­der Horn.

In mak­ing its ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing this time, Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc. will seek par­tial fund­ing from the Na­tional Trails Coali­tion and an equal por­tion from the Depart­ment of In­no­va­tion, Busi­ness and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

Mr. Grandy said “We an­tic­i­pate that we may be able to ac­cess as much as 80-90 per cent fund­ing for this project through these govern­ment part­ners. At this point, our trail as­so­ci­a­tions need to work to­gether to de­velop a budget and to iden­tify the sec­tions of trail that are most shovel-ready and have the most po­ten­tial to in­crease rev­enues to­ward sub­se­quent projects.”

The Burin Penin­sula Trail­way project has been on­go­ing since 2009. The project aims to con­nect ex­ist­ing trail routes on the penin­sula in or­der to cre­ate a re­gional trail net­work, span­ning from Goo­bies to the south­ern por­tion of the re­gion.

Re­cent projects con­ducted as part of the project have in­volved con­nec­tions be­tween For­tune and La­ma­line, and Marys­town and Gar­nish. Other mile­stones com­pleted as part of the project in­clude the ap­proval of Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc.’s En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment ap­pli­ca­tion in 2013.

Mr. Grandy in­di­cated “With our en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment now ap­proved, we have been given a spe­cific set of guide­lines for con­fer­ring with var­i­ous de­part­ments in com­plet­ing our con­nec­tions. In the mean­time, hav­ing the as­sess­ment com­pleted should en­able us to com­mence projects in shorter or­der.”

The meet­ing held in Fe­bru­ary also in­cluded an elec­tion of of­fi­cers, as the board had not ap­pointed a new ex­ec­u­tive since 2009. The elected mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee were Dan Kelly of the Marys­town Trail As­so­ci­a­tion as Chair, Robert Ayers of the For­tune Trail As­so­ci­a­tion as Vice-Chair and Elroy Grandy of the Gar­nish-Point Rosie Trail As­so­ci­a­tion as Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer.

As per the cor­po­ra­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion and by-laws, each trail as­so­ci­a­tion en­gaged as a mem­ber of Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc. will have one mem­ber serve as a di­rec­tor on the board, and will be en­ti­tled to one vote dur­ing all meet­ings.

Each as­so­ci­a­tion is per­mit­ted to send a re­place­ment to Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Inc. meet­ings in the ab­sence of the of­fi­cial di­rec­tor.

The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee is now ask­ing mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions to sub­mit any in­for­ma­tion that may as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of a trail­way fund­ing pro­posal to the Sec­re­tary/Trea­surer. Such doc­u­men­ta­tion in­cludes: any Li­censes to Oc­cupy or re­lated per­mit in­for­ma­tion; pho­tos, me­dia clip­pings, pre­vi­ous pro­pos­als; bud­getary in­for­ma­tion; map­ping for pro­posed con­nec­tions and ex­ist­ing routes; and other in­for­ma­tion that may be of in­ter­est.

Mr. Grandy sug­gested “There are many trail projects on­go­ing in Canada in var­i­ous forms, so there may be sig­nif­i­cant com­pe­ti­tion for fund­ing. With that be­ing said, our pro­posed trail­way will in­clude over 500 kilo­me­tres of trail through var­ied ter­rain with breath­tak­ing views.

“We feel it is a mag­nif­i­cent tourism prod­uct, and we are con­fi­dent that we can de­velop a top notch pro­posal.”

For in­for­ma­tion and up­dates on the Burin Penin­sula Trail­way Project, visit the Burin Penin­sula Trail­way page within the Town of Gar­nish web­site, or join the board’s Face­book page at ‘ https://www.face­book.com/groups /6294194037­96115/’.

Burin Penin­sula Trail­way passes for 2014 are now on sale, and are be­ing sold by trail as­so­ci­a­tions through­out the re­gion. The passes are the main source of rev­enue for trail as­so­ci­a­tions in de­vel­op­ing and main­tain­ing trails.

Each pass en­ti­tles the bearer to ride any trail on the Burin Penin­sula.

Mr. Grandy said more news will be pro­vided as it be­comes avail­able.

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