Provincial funding secured by South Dundas and South Stormont to pave Waterfront Trail

A Great Horned owl holds centre stage near the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary cycling and hiking trail that's about to see some substantial improvements. The photo was taken during Waterfowl Day at the venue in 2016. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SOUTH STORMONT — A partnership project between the Township of South Stormont, the Municipality of South Dundas and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) is underway.

The project received final funding confirmation in March, 2017, through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP). The partnership arrangement will complete upgrades to a 3.9 kilometre unpaved section of the Waterfront Trail between Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Upper Canada Village, the border of both municipalities.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail stretches from Sarnia to the Quebec Border and connects 114 communities, hundreds of parks, natural areas, forests and beaches.

“Our government is helping municipalities across the province build new or improve existing cycling infrastructure through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP),” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “Once complete, this new Waterfront Trail will provide an important connection to cycling trails, parks and other recreational activities. We are committed to continue working together with our local municipalities and the cycling community to build the infrastructure that will make Ontario a cycling leader in North America.”

“We are thrilled to be working with both South Stormont and South Dundas to secure the necessary resources to complete this important upgrade to our portion of the Waterfront Trail,” said Jennifer Tarini, Manager of Parks and Recreational Facilities for the SLPC. “This project is an opportunity to improve the cycling infrastructure that connects two of our tourist destinations while promoting the recreational trail.”

Mayor Jim Bancroft echoed the importance of the trail network. “This 3.9 kilometer section is the only non-paved portion of the Waterfront Trail and is situated at the border of South Stormont and South Dundas. We as Council appreciate that the completion of the project will improve this popular outdoor recreational facility for both local residents and tourists,” said Mayor Bancroft.

It is anticipated that paving will be completed prior to the end of October. The estimated project cost is $156,000. In addition to securing $43,723 of provincial funding, owners of the existing path (SLPC) will be providing $90,416, with each municipality contributing the remaining cost based on the square meters within each of their respective boundaries.

South Dundas Mayor Delegarde commented, “Our municipality is pleased to see this project come to fruition. We are very excited to be able to partner with our neighbours and the province in order to improve this significant waterfront infrastructure.”


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