At it’s regular monthly meeting today, Brockville’s “Finance Admin, Operations” standing committee received an update from John Taylor, chair of the Brock Trail committee, reviewing progress to date in completing the trail. While there is lots of work left to do, progress is significant, as anyone walking or rolling around town knows. Of special note, for every $1 spent by the city, the Brock Trail committee has raised an additional $2.46 from grants, donations, and in-kind. To date, expenditures total approximately $1.4million, the equivalent of 28 “jobs created” (a.k.a. “FTE-years”) as tallied by economic programs. The update is attached below.2017 07 18 Brock Trail Update
The linked article provides a great overview of the importance of trail-oriented development in rural and small towns, both for residents and visitors, for economic benefits ranging across health, tourism, property values, community and business development.
The discussion covers two types of trail development – longer regional trails (like Brockville being situated on the 2,000 km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail) and local developments like our Brock Trail.
Ontario’s Waterfront Trail, stretching some 1,600 km in Southern Ontario, is expanding northward. Set to be opened next year, a 380 km mostly off-road trail will link Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury along the North Channel route. Read more here.
And read about the rest of the Ontario Waterfront Trail here.
New mountain bike trails, improvements to the St. Lawrence Recreational Trail, Eastern Ontario Summit – there’s a lot going on around the region. Continue reading “Regional cycling update”