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Friends of Trails
AGM June 2014
The past year has been a busy
one for the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society and we have made
real progress in fostering and promoting trail development in Central
Alberta. It goes to show that much can be accomplished when people and
municipalities work together.
We were excited to welcome Alberta Transportation as a member of CARTS
this past year and we are already seeing the benefits of having them
involved with our organization in trail planning and development. A new
approach by the department has made it possible to consider building
trails in highway rights of way and this is allowing us to consider
trail routings that were previously impossible. We are in the process of
re-examining the routing for the Springbrook to Penhold trail and would
love to see this trail finished within the next year.
Subcommittee meetings to look at trail routes in several locations
throughout Central Alberta have taken place and we hope that we will be
able to help municipalities to construct more trails in the coming year.
At CARTS request, Red Deer County applied for a grant to perform a study
to examine the possible routes for trails between Red Deer and
Springbrook. The study is just barely underway.
Lacombe County is adding USB codes to their signage on the new trail
they built last year. The USB codes will be connected to Youtube videos
that will bring each of the signs alive. CARTS assisted with the
development of these videos and was recently interviewed on local radio
about them in an effort to keep trail users informed.
It's been a busy year and we hope to see the fruits of our labours in
the form of more trails on the ground in the future. CARTS would not be
able to accomplish its goals without the support of amazing volunteers
and our member municipalities and organizations. Current municipal and
corporate members include: Ponoka, Lacombe, Lacombe County, Blackfalds,
Red Deer, Red Deer County, Sylvan Lake, Penhold, Innisfail and Alberta
Transportation. A big thanks to all who helped to make this past year a
successful one for CARTS.
Debbie Olsen, President
Report 2014 PDF