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Dec. 10, 2010, Red Deer
Land Negotiations Currently Underway
County one step closer to pathway linking
Lacombe and Blackfalds
could go riding for days on our Central Alberta trail system when
Lacombe County took a big step and agreed on Thursday to spend
$700,000 to build a trail from Blackfalds to Lacombe.
The paved walking and biking trail would provide a six-km link to
trails being built in Blackfalds and Lacombe . . .
Nov. 10, 2010, Red Deer
Bridging gap between
history and disrepair - could
eventually be part of trail network
County to repair historic train trestle with $350,000;
eventually be part of trail network
A rotting historic bridge in Red Deer County will get a repair job.
County council unanimously approved spending up to $350,000 on the
98-year-old Mintlaw Bridge, a former Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.
span across the Red Deer . . .
Oct. 19, 2010, Springbrook-Waskasoo Life online magazine
Paved Trails Latest Improvement for Springbrook
main trail in the natural Springbrook Park has now been paved. The new
trail along Airport Drive was paved a couple of weeks ago. The new
Springbrook sign at the entrance to the hamlet along Airport Drive is
under . . .
August 18, 2010, Red Deer
Trail to enhance safety
Springbrook-to-Penhold Trail link construction may begin this fall
The perils of walking and cycling along Hwy 2A between Red Deer and Penhold will be lessened when a trail is built between Springbrook and
Penhold in the next year. But there are no immediate plans to build a trail between
. . .
August 10, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Paths to change -
Promenade would connect facilities located between Alexander Way and
Rotary Recreation Park under concept plan
A promenade connecting various recreation, sporting and culture
facilities will form the spine of a major overhaul planned for southeast
side of Red Deer's downtown. The city's recreation, parks and
culture department has now . . .
August 4, 2010, Red Deer
Red Deer County
- City plan to guide park
Red Deer County will use a City of Red Deer parks development plan
for the river valley as a guideline for future expansion of trails and
other recreational areas. The city adopted its River Valley and
Tributaries Park Concept . . .
July 31, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Trans-Canada trekkers awed
by local scenery
Mash family have hiked parts of national trail system since 2002
Trekking together along Highway 2A, heading north towards Red Deer
from Penhold, a family from British Columbia continued to marvel at
their first look at vast prairie farm fields, bright yellow canola crops
and a horizon that goes . . .
July 28, 2010, Red Deer Express
council adopts river valley plan
City Council adopted a trails and parks planning tool Monday night in
the form of the River Valley & Tributaries Park Concept Plan.
The long-term plan's purpose is to identify lands best suited for
potential trails and parks within the . . .
June 15, 2010, RedDeerRegion.com online magazine
Sylvan Lake Residents Want Green Space Kept
Two issues have come
in conflict in Sylvan Lake with residents wanting both a new skateboard
park and the preservation of an abandoned rail line that has become a
cherished park but not the two projects together. The town . . .
8, 2010, Lacombe Globe
Blindman River Bridge is
The grand opening of the Blindman River Bridge held last Saturday
marked the successful completion of a long-term project which will serve
as a key link of the TransCanada Trail, that links communities from
coast to coast. The event, . .
June 7, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
- Trail connects the dots for
The dream to have a recreational trail for hikers, bikers and
roller bladers from Red Deer to the far end of Lacombe County is one
step closer thanks to a pedestrian bridge over the Blindman River.
The grand opening of the project on . . .
May 28, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Rural residents won't sell land
A two-km trail from Blackfalds to the new pedestrian bridge over
the Blindman River will be built this summer despite a failure to
convince a couple of property owners to sell strips of their land for
the project. Lacombe County . . .
May 27, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
City choppers in the bridges
- Operation spares Maskepetoon Park environmental damage
A heavy-lift helicopter was brought in from British Columbia Wednesday
to install two walking bridges in Red Deer's Maskepetoon Park. It
was the latest step to develop the ecologically sensitive park, which is
located on the north side . . .
May 25, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
of bridge scheduled for June 5
A crew of soldiers who helped build a bridge for hikers and bikers
will join in celebrating its grand opening on International Trails Day,
Saturday, June 5. Members of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment helped
install the bridge . . .
May 11, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Trail development tops society
A pair of bridges are now finished and progress is being made on a
regional trail running between Penhold and Ponoka, says the president of
the Central Alberta Regional Trail Society. CARTS members,
including the various . . .
Apr. 20, 2010, Springbrook-Waskasoo Life online magazine
Open Spaces and Trail Plan Gets
Red Deer County's Open Spaces Master Plan has received the
Recreation Industry Excellence Award for Parks and Open Spaces from the
Recreation for Life Foundation. The County, along with consultants
Dillon Consulting and . . .
Mar. 19, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Army reservists finish their
work on pedestrian bridge
Army Reservists have completed their portion of the construction of Blindman River pedestrian bridge ahead of schedule and will not be on
site this weekend, an Armed Forces spokesman said Thursday. Great
weather, great . . .
Mar. 15, 2010, Red Deer Advocate online
reservist engineers from the Edmonton-based 25th and Calgary-based 33rd
Engineer Squadrons of the 41st Combat Engineer Regiment, which is also
based in Edmonton, donated about $50,000 worth of their time . . .
Mar. 4, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Trailblazing document -
City, County reveal plans to extend
Waskasoo Park, trail system
Red Deer's parkland is anticipated to grow by more than 7,135 acres
by the time the city's population increases to 300,000 in the next
several decades. The City of Red Deer is working with Red Deer
County on extending the city's . . .
Mar. 2, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
A Tar-ific Construction worker passes timbers to a colleague working
inside the foundation of the new Blindman River walking bridge south of
Blackfalds Monday. It and another over the Battle River in Ponoka are
part of the . . .
Feb. 26, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Lacombe County embraces trail
Enough Lacombe County landowners have warmed to the idea of a trail
on their land so that a route from the Blindman River to Blackfalds
could be ready this summer. "It's been a bit of a challenge for us
in negotiating," said . . .
24, 2010, Ponoka News
Welding the walking bridge
install the new 140-foot long walking bridge over the Battle River is
nearing completion. The bridge north of the 57th Avenue train crossing
was built by Will's Welding, and after it was placed on pilings by
crane, a crew from . . .
5, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Trail over the Blindman
Jason Witvoet of Will's Welding in Ponoka works to connect the bridge
structure to the piles on a bridge over the Battle River in Ponoka on
Thursday. Over 13,000 kg of steel went into the construction of the
pedestrian bridge, which will . . .
Jan. 29, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
Bridges for pedestrians to be
completed by the spring
Work is to
be finished by the end of March on pedestrian bridges connecting the
Central Alberta Regional Trail. With support from the Town of Ponoka and Lacombe County, members of
the Central Alberta Regional Trail Society are . . .
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Dec. 22, 2009, Springbrook-Waskasoo Life online magazine
County Agrees to Purchase
Mintlaw Trestle for $1
Red Deer County council today unanimously agreed to purchase the
former Alberta Central Railway Mintlaw trestle west of Springbrook from
Canadian Pacific Railway for $1 in exchange for a tax receipt for $8.8
million, determined . . .
Oct. 28, 2009, Ponoka News
MP announces federal funding for
The federal government is providing bridge financing for a bridge
in Ponoka. Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins announced Oct. 14 that the Town of
Ponoka will receive federal funding to construct a pedestrian bridge
over the . . .
Oct. 19, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
Lacombe in Motion event raises
money for trails
A seasoned marathoner is on the run to improve trails around six
Lacombe lakes and ponds. Lacombe resident Bill Nielsen helped organize Sunday's first annual
Lacombe in Motion Walk/Run involving more than 200 participants. . .
Oct. 16, 2009, Red Deer Advocate Local Briefs
Grant provided for bridge
The Town of Ponoka has received a federal grant of $185,000 to
build a pedestrian bridge over the Battle River on its portion of the
Trans Canada Trail. To be administered by the National Trails
Coalition, the grant dovetails with an . . .
Oct. 14, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
Call in the army -
Funding falling in place for trail project includes military-built
Army engineers and an injection of cash from the federal government
will help kick-start the Lacombe County leg of the Trans Canada Trail. Wetaskiwin
MP Blaine Calkins announced Tuesday that the federal government will . .
Sept. 29, 2009, Springbrook Waskasoo Life online magazine
County Starts Construction of Springbrook Park Trail System
Deer County has started construction of a trail system in the treed and
meadow natural area south of the hamlet of Springbrook and Airport
Drive. The main spine of the trails is part of the Trans Canada Trail
system with branch . . .
Sept. 5, 2009, Red Deer Advocate Editorial
The trail to discovery
(bouquet) to the troops of the Canadian Forces who are mobilizing
in Central Alberta to help blaze the way for a portion of the
Trans-Canada Trail. This trail is of immense importance to all
Canadians, and a boon to the tourist industry, by . . .
(bouquet) Still on the walking trail, a bouquet to Lacombe County for
recognizing the importance of this project by expressing enthusiasm,
backed by a donation of $50,000 worth of building material for the Blindman River bridge.
(dart) And still on the walking trails, a dart to those opposing this
exciting venture. In particular, some members of the rural community who
argue that they don't want city folk invading their properties. For the
most part, the trail plan . . .
August 28, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
Walking Trail Project
- Army helping with bridge
The Canadian Armed Forces is mobilizing to help build a pedestrian
bridge in Lacombe County. Army engineers have agreed to donate their time and expertise for
the $300,000 bridge over Blindman River as part of a walking trail . . .
July 13, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
Trail to cost millions
- Pathway from Rocky Mountain House to Nordegg nearly $7
The Rocky Mountain House to Nordegg trail is expected to cost $6.8
million to complete. The three-metre wide trail, much of which
will be along the old rail line, will have washrooms, garbage cans,
picnic sites, signage and a few . . .
June 24, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
Trail system about to be
paths in a west-end neighbourhood and at a new off-leash
dog park are part of this year's trail enhancements for Red Deer.
The City of Red Deer is working on various sections of the pathway
system, including . . .
June 17, 2009, Red Deer
Bridges to link major area trail
Two new bridges are expected to be built this year for trails
crossing the Blindman River and the Battle River. The Central Alberta Regional Trail Society has been working on the
project with Lacombe County, the Town of Ponoka and . . .
June 15, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
Outfitter steps up
Raising money for the trail systems in Central Alberta is as simple
as slipping into your hiking boots, sneakers or sandals, taking a photo
and sending it to the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society.
The society is collecting . . .
June 6, 2009, Red Deer Advocate Local Briefs
Nature centre hosts Trail Days
Central Albertans are invited to come out to Trails Day at Kerry
Wood Nature Centre on June 13, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Sponsored by Central Alberta Regional Trails Society, the event
will kick off at 10:15 am with a Leave No Trace . . .
May 13, 2009, Red Deer Region Online
Municipal Councils Endorse Trails Along Highways
Red Deer city council recently passed a resolution urging the province to
consider trail construction as part of the building or rebuilding of
roads and highways. The resolution will go to the AUMA (Alberta Urban
Municipalities . . .
Mar. 21, 2009, Red Deer
New trails offer vital link
(bouquet) to the County of Red Deer, for making trail development
through the county a priority. Trails connecting Springbrook to Penhold
and Spruce View to Dickson, and a Cottonwood day-use area near Dickson
Dam, have been . . .
Mar. 18, 2009, Red Deer
Building trails to paradise
Red Deer County hopes several recreational pilot projects will help
them move forward with its Open Spaces Master Plan. Trails connecting Springbrook to Penhold
and Spruce View to Dickson, and a Cottonwood day-use area near . . .
Mar. 18, 2009, Red Deer Express
Trails and parks for County
Red Deer County council got their first look at the Open Spaces
Master Plan at yesterday's meeting. Officials from Dillon Consulting were on hand to present the report
to council, which they've been working on since 2005. The Open . .
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