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November 4, 2020, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
  Trails could lead to tourism boost
   Trails for off-road vehicles, hikers and mountain bikers could become international visitor draws
   An Olds-to-Lacombe cycling trail -- along with backcountry hiking and off-road vehicle treks in the forests west of Rocky Mountain House -- are pitched as ways to put the region on the tourism map. The Central Alberta Tourism Alliance, which includes area municipalities and tourism groups, commissioned the recently released Our Path Forward study. The 83-page report by RC Strategies+PERC recommends creating "signature trails" to tap into destination tourism markets as part . . .

November 3, 2020, RDNewsNOW (online), by Sheldon Spackman
   Seeking a path forward
  Study shares how to advance local trails tourism
   The Central Alberta Tourism Alliance (CATA) has released a study on how trails-based infrastructure can be grown to support related tourism businesses and boost the region's economy. The study, entitled Our Path Forward, provides an inventory of trails across central Alberta, including those well-suited to offer tourism experiences along with identifying opportunities to develop networks of market-ready signature trails. The study also recommends strategies to enhance trail systems . . .

August 20, 2020, Red Deer Advocate, by Lana Michelin
  City 'rehabilitating' tunnel under 32nd Street
   The $2-million stabilization of an aging tunnel that allows Red Deer trail users to pass under 32nd Street is now underway.  Since that pedestrian tunnel south of Kin Kanyon is closed, cyclists and other trail users are being asked to temporarily detour onto 32nd Street. Lee Birn, engineer planning superintendent for the City of Red Deer, said city workers had noticed one of four retaining walls around the pedestrian underpass had shifted out of position. Since these concrete forms were first . . . (more)

July 14, 2020, RDNewsNOW (online), by staff
  Council awards contract for Lacombe trail connection project
   Residents of Lacombe will soon be able to enjoy a new trail connection offering access to a natural recreation area with views overlooking marshlands and Whelp Creek. On Monday, Council approved the award of a contract to Timcon Construction for the detailed design and construction of a stairway trail connector for the Fairway Heights Willow Ridge Network. According to City officials, the approval of the $102,825 project, including a 10 per cent contingency, falls well within the budgeted . .

April 2, 2020, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
  Red Deer County's trails taskforce looking for volunteers
   Taskforce will plot out a trails vision for county
   Red Deer County is looking for some trail-minded people to join a new task force. Its mission will be to take a close look at what sort of trails -- divisional, regional or local -- should be developed. Recommending the best locations, and which trails should take priority, as well as what kinds of surface or standards should be adopted, will also be among its duties. Public input will be sought and the task force will reach out to government and non-profit and private groups interested in trail . . .

March 6, 2020, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
   Red Deer County
  Task force to examine trail development
   A Red Deer County task force has been launched to look at trail possibilities. Trails and more rural recreational opportunities were identified in a community needs assessment study the county undertook in 2017. A community well-being study further highlighted the local support for more opportunities to walk, hike, cycle and run on established trails in the county. Since then, the county has boosted its recreation support in response to that part of the survey's findings. "We started doing that . . . (more)

News 2018  (click headline for story)

October 15, 2018, Red Deer Express, Robin Grant
  New nature trail unveiled at Red Deer College for upcoming Canada Winter Games
   New walkway the result of partnership between NOVA Chemicals, RDC and Canada Winter Games committee
   Tree planting in the name of a sustainable 2019 Canada Winter Games continued Monday with the unveiling of the NOVA Chemicals Waskasoo Creek Nature Walk at Red Deer College. The new walkway is located south of RDC's Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre and is the result of a partnership between the College, NOVA Chemicals and the Canada Winter Games, which started with the NOVA Chemical's commitment of $2 million in 2016. In the afternoon, kindergarten students from . . . (more)

June 13, 2018, Red Deer Express, by Mark Weber
  Provincial funding set to enhance trail system at River Bend
   The site will also be used during the 2019 Canada Winter Games
   The Parkland Cross-Country Ski Club has landed a $200,000 shot in the arm from the Province for trail expansion and enhancements at River Bend Golf and Recreation Area. The Community Facility Enhancement Program grant will, "Continue to develop River Bend as a regional multi-use, multi-sport facility," said Tom Marr-Laing, president of Parkland Cross-Country Ski Club. The site will also be used for some events during the 2019 Canada Winter Games next February.  "Because the . . .

June 7, 2018, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
  Paved trail part of Sylvan Lake Park improvement plan
   Paving of gravel trail running length of waterfront park began on Thursday
   Sylvan Lake has begun sprucing up its new waterfront park. Paving began on the gravel trail that runs the length of the former provincial park that was turned over to the town in January and renamed Sylvan Lake Park. Town council voted earlier this year to spend up to $200,000 paving the 850-metre red shale path through the lakeshore park as part of a general effort to jazz up the popular draw. Other work will include replacing signs, landscaping, grade improvements, and sod repairs. . .

May 12, 2018, Red Deer Advocate, by Sean McIntosh
  A preview of Red Deer's next trail
   Some Red Deerians got a sneak peek at the city's next trail this weekend. Construction on a trail in Riverside Meadows is expected to begin later this year but before any asphalt is laid down the city wanted input from residents at an open house Saturday at the Riverside Meadows Community Centre. "It's a really neat area with beautiful views we're going to tap into and I think we're really opening up the hillside," said Dave Mair, Red Deer parks planning co-ordinator. Residents have been . . . (more)

May 8, 2018, Innisfail Province, by Johnnie Bachusky
   Completing trail at Dodd's Lake will be studied
  Town starting new trail master plan
   The town is embarking on a comprehensive review of its 20-kilometre trail system, the first since 2010. The goal of the  proposed Trail Master Plan, brought to council at its April 23 regular meeting, is to identify gaps in the current system and to have the public engaged through web-based public surveys, open houses and displays, including an interactive map for citizens, at several locations. The first major public engagement event will be held at the annual Mayor's Breakfast in . . .

News 2017  (click headline for story)

Dec. 1, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, by Lana Michelin
Council discusses future of pedestrian bridge
   The fate of Red Deer's "beloved" pedestrian bridge was called into question when Red Deer council discussed a $9 million repair and upgrade project. A $5.4 million allotment for fixing a major structural issue was slated to be discussed as part of the 2019 capital budget. A previous $3.7 million was set aside for stripping off lead paint and repainting the bridge in 2016's capital budget. But Coun. Lawrence Lee suggested this item be suspended from next year's plan until a full community . . . (more)

Sept. 26, 2017, Innisfail Province, by Johnnie Bachusky
  Heroes of Napoleon Lake saluted
   Rotary earns special provincial trail award
   Members of the Rotary Club of Innisfail are true heroes. More specifically, they are trail heroes for their years of quiet and humble advocacy, fundraising and physical labour the service club did to enhance the 2.3-kilometre trail around Napoleon Lake. On Sept. 14 at an official public ribbon-cutting ceremony at Centennial Park, which included a free barbecue at the cookhouse, Rotary was presented with an Alberta Trail Hero 150 Award from Alberta TrailNet in recognition of . . .

Sept. 22, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
  Trail builders honoured in Lacombe County
   Alberta TrailNet presented Alberta Trail Hero Awards to two Lacombe County trail supporters
   A pair of Lacombe County trail builders were recognized for their work recently. Former Lacombe County councillor Cliff Soper and Phil Lodermeier, the county's manager of operations, were each honoured with an Alberta Trail Hero 150 Award from Alberta TrailNet. It recognizes their contribution to trails linking with the Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail.  TrailNet director Debbie Olsen said the awards recognize those who have made important . . .

Sept. 14, 2017, Lacombe Online, by Jonathan Guignard
  Two Honoured For Their Work on Lacombe County Trails
   A ceremony took place during Lacombe County Council Thursday afternoon to celebrate those involved in building the County's trail system. At council, representatives from Lacombe County were honoured for their work on The Great Trail, previously known as the Trans Canada Trail. Former County Councillor, Cliff Soper, and Manager of Operations with the County, Phil Lodermeier, received the Alberta Trail Hero 150 award, in celebration of the Canada's birthday and the . . . (more)

Aug. 30, 2017, Red Deer Express, by Todd Colin Vaughan
  CARTS celebrates The Great Trail system at Bower Ponds
   The Central Alberta Regional Trail Society (CARTS) held a celebration last weekend at the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion at Bower Ponds to celebrate The Great Trail, which has recently been connected across Canada.  Paul Pettypiece, president of CARTS, spoke about the significance of marking this occasion. "This is one of about 200 events scheduled across Canada to celebrate The Great Trail, which was formerly called the Trans Canada Trail," he said. "In this particular case, we are . . .

Aug. 29, 2017, Red Deer Advocate; Sept. 7, 2017, Central Alberta Life, by Sean McIntosh
  Michielsen honoured with Trail Hero award
   Lacombe's Larry Michielsen is officially a trail hero. During Saturday's Trails Day celebration in the city, Michielsen, president of the Bill Nielsen Trail Society, received the Alberta TrailNet Society's Trail Hero Award. "There's only so many in Canada receiving this award so it's pretty special ... When somebody says 'thank you', that's all that matters," said Michielsen.
The late Bill Nielsen, who died in 2014 from cancer, is the one who truly deserves the award, he added.  "This is really . . .

Aug. 27, 2017, Lacombe Online, by Joseph Ho
  Central Alberta celebrates local and Canada-wide trails
   The Bill Nielsen Trail Society held a party by Elizabeth Lake Saturday morning, joining 200 communities across Canada celebrating the full connectivity of the Great Trail, known as the Trans Canada Trail before its rebrand. But the gathering was also a chance to commemorate the trails within Lacombe and to honour the late Bill Nielsen, who is credited as founder of the city's trail system.  The society was formed by Nielsen's friends to preserve his legacy by maintaining the city's trails. . . . (more)
  Red Deer Celebrates
   That afternoon, a similar gathering was held at Bower Ponds in Red Deer by the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society, a non-profit organization that does not build trails, but supports those that do. Those in attendance heard that the TransCanada Trail pavilion at Bower Ponds will be replaced this fall. It will include new panels, one which honours four RCMP officers killed in the line of duty during the Mayerthorpe shooting in 2005. Trail Hero Award winners were also announced: Debbie Olsen, . . .

Aug. 25, 2017, Todayville (online magazine), by Sheldon Spackman
  Celebrate "The Great Trail" In Red Deer August 26th  (click for video)
   The City of Red Deer will join Blackfalds, Lacombe and many other communities across the country on Saturday to celebrate "The Great Trail" in Canada. Formerly known as the Trans Canada, the Great Trail is currently being connected in numerous areas, as Canadians celebrate the nation's 150th birthday this year. Red Deer's free event takes place at Bower Ponds from 2 -4 pm on Saturday, August 26th. It will feature a special commemoration, live music, food and the chance to walk part . . .

Aug. 25, 2017, Lacombe Online, by Kim Kay, Sunny 94
  3 Great Trail Events Locally as Part of National Celebration
   There are plenty of trail blazers in central Alberta who have worked tirelessly to connect our communities with trails. They'll be recognized at a special Great Trail event in Red Deer tomorrow (August 26th); in fact there's celebrations happening in 3 central Alberta communities, as part of roughly 200 events coast to coast, celebrating the connectivity of 'The Great Trail', formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail. According to President of Central Alberta Regional Trails Society, Paul . . .

Aug. 25, 2017, 96.5 CKfm All Hit Country
  Olds Celebrates Trans Canada Trail
   The Great Canadian Trail Scavenger Hunt is on Saturday, August 26th at Craig's Corner Park on 48th Ave at 7:30PM. Town of Olds Mayor Judy Dahl adds, the first 250 participants will receive a free scavenger hunt backpack. The Great Canadian Trail will be celebrated in Olds this weekend with a scavenger hunt. Olds is part of the 83.37k Wimborne to Innisfail section of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail goes east to west on Highway 27 going through Olds and then turns north on 70th Ave to . . .

Aug. 9, 2017, Red Deer Express, Sylvan Lake News and Eckville Echo, by Todd Colin Vaughan
  Trans Canada Trail to be celebrated at Bower Ponds
   Red Deerians will soon have the opportunity to celebrate - with 200 other communities across Canada - the creation of the Trans Canada Trail system, which stretches 22,000 kms across the country. According to a release from the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society (CARTS), the idea for the Great Trail was originally conceived by Albertan Bill Pratt and Ontarian Pierre Camu in 1992 and was realized by the  Trans Canada Trail (TCT) not-for-profit society. CARTS will host a celebration . . .

Aug. 3, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, by Sean McIntosh
   Trans Canada Trail
  Red Deerians to celebrate The Great Trail
   A day to celebrate is coming for trail lovers in Red Deer. In honour of Canada's 150th year, Red Deerians will gather at Bower Ponds in Waskasoo Park Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. to celebrate The Great Trail, also known as the Trans Canada Trail, with a special commemoration, live music and food. Red Deer's trails are very well used, said Central Alberta Regional Trails Society president Paul Pettypiece, so celebrating them in the city makes sense.  "We are proud of the trails we have in Central . . .

Aug. 3, 2017, updated Aug. 9, Red Deer News Now (online), by Kirsten Dennis
  Celebrate The Great Trail as a part of Canada 150
   Over 200 communities across Canada including Red Deer are invited to take part in the celebration of the connectivity of The Great Trail. The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) now stretches 22,000 km across our great country, including many lengths of trail locally for people of all ages to enjoy. Paul Pettypiece, president of the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society, said the project has been supported by so many and has come a long way since its inception in 1992.  "It's the longest recreational trail in the world, it connects well over 90 per . . .

May 31, 2017, Red Deer Express, by Todd Colin Vaughan
   Being Canadian!
  Red Deerians 'tremendously lucky' for parks and trails system
   As most long-time Red Deerians know, this City's park system is one of a kind in Canada and is often the envy of other communities of the same size. "I have been in lots of cities in Canada and a lot of them have really interesting parks," Todd Nivens, executive director of the Kerry Wood Nature Centre said. "It is really rare to find something like we have in Red Deer. We have multiple kilometres of walking and biking trails that are all connected to each other and we have 14 park . . .

May 9, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, by Murray Crawford
  Trail system among most 'breathtaking' features of city
   When asked what was breathtaking about Red Deer, residents and visitors immediately pointed to the city's vast trail system. It's been two weeks since an Expedia travel blog named Red Deer among the 34 most breathtaking places in North America. The blog put the Central Albertan city among Niagara Falls, Banff and Lake Louise, Tofino, B.C., and Page, Ariz. But, people are still talking about what they find breathtaking about the city. Joel Jackson was among a number of people who  . . .

Jan. 5, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, Opinion by Greg Neiman
  Small contributions to a big celebration
   Fifty years ago, I was in what today is called middle school. That year was overtaken by class projects around Canada's Centennial. We sang Ca-Na-Da endlessly, though in our small town, the kids never got to actually follow Bobby Gimby and his jewelled trumpet through the streets. Geometry lessons revolved around precisely drawing the interlocked triangles that made up the Expo 67 logo. We all knew where Expo 67 was. It was on TV. Every village, town and city had a Centennial . . .

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