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Several communities in Central Alberta have developed well-used trail systems. Many are part of or linked to the Trans Canada Trail.
 
The largest and best known trail system is in the City of Red Deer, much of which is in Waskasoo Park. The trail system covers more than 110 km and is continually expanding. Citizens of the city have ranked the trail system as one of the most cherished amenities of the community.

The trail system includes three pedestrian bridges across the Red Deer River including an abandoned historic CPR railway bridge. Features along the system include Heritage Ranch, Maskepetoon Nature Park, Great Chief Recreation Park, Bower Ponds, Cronquist House, Great West Adventure Park, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Three Mile Bend off-leash dog park, McKenzie Trails, Riverbend Recreation Area, Discovery Canyon, Coronation Park, Rotary Recreation Park, Rotary Picnic Park, Kin Kanyon, and Rotary Recreation Park. Recently, the city has built a trail along the east edge of the city on a berm that will eventually be part of an expressway. Plans are under way to develop a trail system in the north part of city as it develops.

The system connects the historic downtown, City Hall Park, Public Library, and 'The Arches' interpretive pavilion with the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Golden Circle Seniors Centre, Blue Grass Central Spray & Play, Red Deer Recreation Centre, Red Deer Arena, Pidherney Curling Centre, Rotary Skateboard Park, , Sunnybrook Farm Museum, Collicutt Centre, Westerner Park, Red Deer Golf & Country Club, River Bend Golf Course, Lions Campground, Mountain Bike Park, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Tourism Red Deer and Civic Yards.

A Trans Canada Trail pavilion was erected near Bower Ponds in 2005.
(Red Deer Waskasoo Trails map 2014)
 
Extensive trail networks have been developed in the City of Lacombe and the towns of Innisfail, Ponoka, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and Penhold. All but Sylvan Lake are partially or mostly part of the Trans Canada Trail system.

Many of the initial trails in Lacombe were constructed by a lone individual who was very dedicated to trail development. The city has since developed, expanded and upgraded the community trail system. (Lacombe trails map)

Blackfalds has the only indoor section of Trans Canada Trail in the country. It goes through the Abbey recreation Centre fieldhouse. The town has also completed paved trails linking the Lacombe County trail in the south to the Blindman River and the Lacombe County trail in the north to the city of Lacombe.

Ponoka completed a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Battle River in 2010.

Sylvan Lake has developed a natural trail system on the abandoned CPR/Alberta Central Railway right of way and a much more formal promenade along the lake front. (Sylvan Lake trails map)

Innisfail was one of the first communities to have TCT around Dodd's Lake and has recently expanded its trail system around Napoleon Lake. (Innisfail trails map)

Penhold has recently constructed a trail along Waskasoo Avenue linking the community with the Penhold Multiplex and the Penhold Crossing High School.

Red Deer and Red Deer County are in the planning stages of extending Waskasoo Park into the County along rivers, tributaries and possibly abandoned railway lines.

 


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