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2018, 2017 and 2016
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News 2018  (click headline for story)

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 . . .
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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. . .
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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 . . .
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News 2017  (click headline for story)

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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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, . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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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 . . .
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May 9, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, by Murray Crawford
   Tourism
  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  . . .
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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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News 2016  (click headline for story)

Oct. 27, 2016, Red Deer Advocate, by Mary-Ann Barr
  Stormy summer slowed progress on multi-use trail project
   Section from 55th (Hwy 11) to 32nd Streets well received
   A $5-million multi-use trail project on the east side of Red Deer ran into a bit of a snag this year, but it wasn't for lack of trying. The project, which includes a unique "living wall" and is about half done along the future 20th Avenue, could have been completed this year however a wet and stormy summer slowed progress. "It has been a very challenging year in . . .
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Sept. 1, 2016, Red Deer Advocate & Sept. 8, 2016, Central Alberta Life, by Paul Cowley

  Trails society undeterred by major development setbacks
   When your passion is trail building, long journeys and obstacles don't deter you. In that spirit Central Alberta Regional Trails Society members accepted the bad news that a proposed 15-km trail in Lacombe County would not happen this year -- and likely not for some time.  "We've had two major setbacks this year in terms of rural trail development," said Paul . . . (more)

Sept. 1, 2016, Blackfalds Life, by Lisa Joy
  Lacombe County cancels Trans Canada Trail from Lacombe to Ponoka County
  
Landowners refuse to sell land for trail system
   Building 15.5 kms of the Trans Canada Trail from Lacombe to Ponoka County border won't go ahead any time soon after Lacombe County hit a roadblock trying to buy land from landowners. Lacombe County Manager of Operations Phil Lodermeir told council at its regular meeting Aug. 25, that local landowners refused to sell the right-of-way to make way for the . . . (more)

August 30, 2016, Red Deer Advocate & Sept. 8, 2016, Central Alberta Life, by Paul Cowley
  County cancels trail project
   Landowner opposition has shut down a Lacombe County plan to build a 15-km trail. Creating the link from Lacombe to Hwy 604 just west of Hwy 2 needed four or five landowners to sell a five-metre strip of their property to the county. But only one was willing to do that, said Phil Lodermeier, county manager of operations. Widening C&E Trail to create space for . . .
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August 9, 2016, Red Deer Advocate, by Susan Zielinski
  20th Avenue
  Trail project paves way for part of future ring road
   Work continues this summer on a multi-use asphalt trail and green belt to run along what will become 20th Avenue, part of a future ring road around Red Deer. Wayne Gustafson, engineering services manager with the city, said the $4.5-million project, that runs 4.8 km from 55th Street to 19th Street, is in preparation for 20th Avenue that is scheduled for construction . . .
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August 8, 2016, Blog - TCTsummertour by Sheila Thompson

 
The C & E Trail - Central Alberta

   Ponoka, Lacombe, Blackfalds, Red Deer: these are the spine of a trail that will eventually connect Calgary & Edmonton. The present trail is wonderful to explore. Plan your trip around the Ponoka Stampede in early July and be sure to catch the kick-off parade. We set up chairs early, and then cycled from one end of Ponoka to the other along the Battle River. We . . .
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July 21, 2016, Red Deer Advocate, by Susan Zielinski
   Nova Chemicals
  Community nature trail a 'lasting legacy' for area
    Central Albertans have another walking trail to take in the sights and sounds of nature.  NOVA Chemicals Community Nature Trail, located north of NOVA Chemicals on Hwy 815, is five km of looped trails with a picnic area, small bridge crossings, benches, viewpoints and interpretive signage. The trail opened last fall, but final touches were completed this spring. . . . (more)

July 12, 2016, Mountain View Gazette, by Dan Singleton
   Council denies trail project
   "Both Trans Canada Trail and Alberta TrailNet will be advised that the project will not be proceeding."
     Red Deer County councillors have been given an update on a proposed recreational trail north of Springbrook along Rge. Rd. 280 to Twp. Rd. 381. The move came during the recent regularly scheduled council meeting.  On June 7 councillors . . . (more)

July 7, 2016, Red Deer Advocate & July 14, 2016, Central Alberta Life, by Brenda Kossowan
   Trail support denied
     Local cyclists have vowed to take another shot at getting Red Deer County's help with a bike trail between Springbrook and Red Deer. During its regular meeting on Tuesday, county council turned down a request to build and maintain an 11-kilometre multi-use trail that would become part of the Trans Canada Trail system. The mayor and council decided they could . . . (more)

July 4, 2016, Letter to the Editor by CARTS president Paul Pettypiece, Red Deer Advocate
   Trans Canada Trail will help connect us, improve quality of life
     Building the Trans Canada Trail in Central Alberta has had many successes in recent years as well as many challenges.  Several communities north of Red Deer are now or about to be connected to the largest recreational trail in the world, a legacy project that will be connect Canadian communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast. It is currently 86 per cent complete . . . (more)

July 1, 2016, Red Deer Advocate, by Brenda Kossowan
  County weighing its options for trail
   The future of the Central Alberta section of the Trans Canada Trail is up for debate at Red Deer County Council on Tuesday.  For some years, members of the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society have been working on a project that would see construction of a trail between Bowden and Ponoka. The new trail, now partially complete, will be part of the Trans . . . (more)

June 28, 2016, Innisfail Province, by Johnnie Bachusky
  Napoleon Lake's transformation continues
    The ambitious project to upgrade the nature trail at Napoleon Lake is continuing this spring and could be completed in 2016, a year earlier than planned.  Last summer, members of the Rotary Club of Innisfail finished construction of two viewing platforms with boardwalks at the north and south sides of the lake. That part of the project was followed in the fall . . . (more)

June 8, 2016, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
   County urged to spend $1.5M on Springbrook-to-Red Deer trail

     Red Deer County has a little more leg work to do before deciding how best to proceed on a proposed Springbrook-to-Red Deer trail.  Grant funding is available to cover up to half the cost - to a maximum of $1.5 million - of the eight-km route. At least one private donor has also expressed interest in helping bankroll the project. The cost of the trail, which would . . . (more)

June 2, 2016, Lacombe Globe
   Trail maker given Trail Blazer award

     On Saturday, May 28, Phil Lodermeier received the highest recognition bestowed by Alberta's provincial trails organization.  The Trail Blazer award from Alberta TrailNet Society recognizes and individual, organization or entity that has made significant contributions to, and demonstrated longstanding commitment and involvement in trail planning . . . (more)

June 2, 2016, Red Deer Advocate
   Lacombe County manager honoured for building trails

     A Lacombe County manager has been recognized for his trail-building efforts. Phil Lodermeier, the county's operations manager, was named 2016 Trail Blazer by the Alberta TrailNet Society.  "It's like the Stanley Cup of Trails," says Betty Anne Graves, TrailNet's vice-president of communications in a statement. Lodermeier was presented with the award at a . . . (more)

April 29, 2016, Red Deer Advocate
   Lacombe County to build trail from City of Lacombe to Ponoka County border
     Central Alberta's trail system will get a nice boost this summer.  Lacombe County is planning to begin building a 15.5-km stretch of trail from the City of Lacombe to the Ponoka County border. Lacombe will build a 1.9-km link connecting to its trail system. Lacombe County council got some good news on the trail-building front. The county went three-for-three on . . . (more)

April 26, 2016,  Letter to the Editor by RDABC president Bill Franz, Red Deer Advocate
   Interchange improvements huge for city, county
     I would like to congratulate the Alberta NDP government of Premier Rachel Notley and Minister Brian Mason and the staff of Alberta Infrastructure, Mayor Tara Veer, council, and staff of the City of Red Deer and Mayor Jim Wood and council and staff of the County of Red Deer for the recent decision to improve interchanges and access along Highway 2. This will . . . (more)

Jan. 27, 2016, Camrose Canadian, by Glenys Smith
   Historical society develops eco-tourism at Meeting Creek
     Established in 1988, the Canadian Northern (Meeting Creek) Historical Society, in conjunction with several partners, is playing an active role in the development of an extensive Linear Park system in East Central Alberta.  Seven sections of Natural Linear Park, located on abandoned rail bed owned by the East Central Alberta Heritage Society, have already been . . . (more)


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