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Prince Albert Multi-Use Trail Committee chair Dave Fischl thanks Summit Run organizers for their $10,000 donation during a sponsorships press conference on Thursday.
On Thursday, a press conference was held to thank the trail’s many donors as well as provide an update on the project.
“It’s so nice to see that this is finally happening again, and I have to say that Mayor Greg Dionne has done a lot of work in ensuring this trail is going to make it around the city and out to Little Red (River Park),” said Dave Fischl, chair of the Prince Albert Multi-Use Recreational Trail Committee.
“Every kilometre that we do, there are always issues -- always things that happen, but I can honestly say that our mayor has the political will to make it happen.”
Workers were seen laying the trail’s groundwork along Marquis Road last week -- by this week, paving a stretch in front of the Canada Post building and Visitor Centre.
“We’re going to be close to 80 per cent done once this year comes to a close,” Fischl said, later noting that the only significant gap in circling the city is in its southwest corner.
“We’re hoping to get very close to the (Alfred Jenkins Field House), and once we get there it’s just getting down towards the west end of the city.”
“It’s going to be top and centre in our 2014 budget,” Dionne promised during Thursday’s press event. “You’re going to see the trail grow over our four-year term, because we do have the political will to get the trail done and around our city.
“I want the trail to be gorgeous and accessible to everyone.”
Although confident that obstacles will be surpassed, Fischl notes that there are a number of developments in the city’s southwestern edge that serve as hurdles.
It’s so nice to see that this is finally happening again, and I have to say that Mayor Greg Dionne has done a lot of work in ensuring this trail is going to make it around the city and out to Little Red (River Park). Dave Fischl
But, Fischl notes that these hurdles are being overcome as a result of support from developers and the city.
“This year, working with the city and working with engineering, it’s been going along really well,” he said.
At Thursday’s press event, Fischl announced two returning donors -- the Rotary Club of Prince Albert and the Summit Run.
The Rotary Club of Prince Albert came with a $28,000 cheque to present to the Prince Albert Multi-Use Trail Committee.
The proceeds were raised during a single evening -- their annual Lobsterfest fundraiser earlier this year.
“We wanted to see it completed,” president Duane Hayunga explained. “We’re really looking forward to seeing the trail move on, and as you can see outside, we’re starting to see progress again.”
This summer’s annual Summit Run half-marathon and fun run saw about 600 people come out for a morning run along the Rotary Trail – an event that raised $10,000.
“As a runner, a physiotherapist and a mother of two active children, I cannot emphasis enough how fundamentally important it is for our community to have an accessible path throughout our city,” race director Lisa Evans said.
Earlier this year, B&B Asphalt announced a $50,000 donation toward the Rotary Trial, as well as three years’ free maintenance.
The Northern Lights Community Development Corporation pledged $200,000 -- funds generated by the Northern Lights Casino.