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Media News Headlines concerning trails in Central Alberta
2016 and 2015
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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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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)

News 2015  (click headline for story)

Dec. 9, 2015, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
   Springbrook-to-Red Deer trail approved
     A Springbrook-to-Red Deer walking trail has taken a big step forward.  Red Deer County council approved a route and gave staff the green light to apply to the TransCanada Trail Foundation for up to $1.5 million in funding. The 11-km route runs north from Springbrook up Range Road 280 to Township Road 381, where it links to 32nd Street. Paul Pettypiece, president . . . (more)

Nov. 14, 2015, Local Briefs, Red Deer Advocate
   CPR Bridge slated for repairs, paint job
     A new coat of paint may be in the works for an important connector in the Waskasoo Park trail network.  The CPR Bridge is slated for a $3.7 million repair and paint job as part of the administration-recommended 2016 capital budget. A 2013-report identified structural deficiencies that could contribute to future problems and public safety issues. Another . . . (more)

Oct. 30, 2015, Commentary, Red Deer Advocate, by Greg Neiman
   Trail system critical to everyday travel
     Early this summer, I wrote a column about Red Deer's project to count the users of our trails network in certain areas. I suggested that people would be surprised by the numbers, perhaps even me.  Well, I have to admit I amsurprised. While the city parks department seems pleased that there are more than 200,000 crossings a year at the CPR pedestrian/bike . . .  (more)

Oct. 28, 2015, Red Deer Advocate, by Crystal Rhyno
   Tracking stats show busy parks
     It should come to no surprise that Red Deer's park system is busy.  Now the city has data to back up its claim.  In July, the city installed six trail trackers to gauge the usage at some of the popular Waskasoo Park system entry points -- Bower Ponds, the CPR Bridge, Heritage Ranch, Mackenzie Trails and Three Mile Bend. The last time the city measured usage was in . . . (more)

Sept. 1, 2015, Press Release, Red Deer Tourism, by  Olsen, Media Relations Specialist
   Happy Trails in Red Deer
    Central Alberta shines as a trails destination where visitors enjoy more than 100 km of trails inside the City of Red Deer and many more trails in the urban and rural municipalities in the region. . .     In a province that lags behind every other province and territory except Nova Scotia in building the Trans Canada Trail, Central Alberta shines as a destination for trail . . . (more)

August 14, 2015, Red Deer Advocate, by Paul Cowley
   County council enthusiastic about trail plan
    Lacombe County council has approved a plan to turn a generous land donation into a natural area laced with trails. Earlier this year, Frank and Rose Kuhnen donated 146 acres of land just north of Blackfalds near Lacombe Lake to the county. It came with the condition that the picturesque quarter section be kept as a natural area for the enjoyment of visitors. On . . . (more)

July 14, 2015, Commentary, Red Deer Advocate, by Greg Neiman
   An active life's reward
     I read the news story about Red Deer becoming the only Canadian city to getting attention for being an international leader in promoting active living with a grain of salt rubbed into old wounds.  That's because some of the scars are still fresh, two years after Red Deer received a national award for our pilot project on bike lanes. That whole experience (I became . . . (more)

July 7, 2015, Sunny 94 FM
   CARTS Eyeing Mintlaw Bridge for Trans Canada Trail Leg Between Red Deer & Springbrook
      Central Alberta Regional Trails Society is hoping both the County and City of Red Deer will partner with them to make a leg of the Trans Canada Trail System a reality between Red Deer and Springbrook.  The Society has studied routes for the trail, with 4 options identified. CARTS President Paul Pettypiece says they are attracted to the Mintlaw Bridge option, which . . . (more)

July 7, 2015, Letter to the Editor by Daniel Craig, Innisfail Province
   Mintlaw Bridge is worth preserving

     I read Paul Pettypiece's commentary in the June 23 Innisfail Province. I wanted to write a letter to support Forth Junction's efforts to preserve and give new life to the Mintlaw Bridge.  I think restoring the Mintlaw trestle and converting it to a trail would be really worthwhile. The Mintlaw viaduct is a historical structure that has been abandoned for the last 32 . . . (more)

June 23, 2015, Commentary,  Innisfail Province, by Paul Pettypiece
   Preservation opportunity should not be lost
June 16, 2015, Letter to the Editor by CARTS president Paul Pettypiece, Red Deer Advocate
   Creating trail link to rail bridge an opportunity not to be lost
    There are times in our history when the stars line up to create an unusual opportunity to do something special that future generations will cherish. This is one of those times.  A few years ago, Red Deer County was gifted for $1 the relatively unknown, historic 644-metre-long Alberta Central Railway steel trestle across the Red Deer River just a few kilometres south- . . . (more)

June 16, 2015, Mountain View Express, by Dan Singleton
   RD County receives trail plan
- Meeting with City this summer
     Red Deer County council has received a plan regarding the possibility of developing a regional trail between Springbrook and Red Deer.  Councillors accepted the plan for information during the regularly scheduled council meeting on June 2. The county earlier formed a working group to provide guidance to a consultant to develop the Springbrook to Red Deer . . . (more)

June 9, 2015, Commentary, Red Deer Advocate, by Greg Neiman
  The numbers won't lie
     I'm betting there will be quite a few surprised people in Red Deer when the results from this summer's trails use survey are made public. Considering how little hard information we have on trail usage, I'll admit that one of the surprised people might be me. But I doubt it. Right up front: In addition to writing a blog and column in our daily newspaper, I'm also . . . (more)

June 3, 2015, Red Deer Advocate and June 11, 2015, Central Alberta Life, by Paul Cowley
   County has trail concerns  - Who will use Red Deer-to-Springbrook Trail, who will pay, councillors ask
     A group championing a Red Deer-to-Springbrook trail left Red Deer County council without the strong show of support they wanted.  "I was disappointed," said Central Alberta Trails Society president Paul Pettypiece on Tuesday after the council meeting. It was hoped that council would agree to help fund a consultation process to measure stakeholder and . . . (more)

May 30, 2015, Red Deer Advocate and June 4, 2015, Central Alberta Life, by Paul Cowley

     The Kuhnen family always saw potential in a quarter section of land they owned around the south end of Lacombe Lake.  A paintball park was considered but dropped when an agreement couldn't be reached with Lacombe County. Next up, was a pet cemetery. But Kuhnen family patriarch Frank says the rest of his family weren't enthusiastic about the  idea. Frank, . . . (more)

Mar. 17, 2015, Innisfail Province
   New Napoleon Lake trail plan unveiled
Joint town and Rotary project envisions extensive revitalization and upgrades by 2017
    The proposed ambitious Napoleon Lake Trail project, one that ultimately envisions a revamped system around the 2,000-metre circumference of the lake, has been unveiled to the public.  Town officials and Barry Gonnelly, a landscape . . . (more)

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