Only a few weeks after a major funding announcement, good news has continued to roll in for the Rotary Trail construction effort.
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Rotary Trail work is seen taking place in front of the South Hill Cemetery this summer.
During this week’s city council meeting, Mayor Greg Dionne announced two land donations that will help fill the trail’s southwestern gap, the ultimate goal being the trail encircling the city.
A 7.5-metre track of land that extends from Marquis Road’s western end has been donated by area farmer Fred Trach, with SaskEnergy putting forth an additional land allotment in the area.
“Because the trail was going to be really close to the new road when it goes through, it was going to be tight,” Prince Albert Multi-Use Recreational Trail Committee chair Dave Fischl explained.
“It’s going to give us some room to build the trail and tie it in better to the new road when it goes through there.
“It’s just another example of the citizens of Prince Albert and people who have lived here a long time that want to see something like this happen and to go the extra mile, and I think it’s just awesome.”
Calling the land allotment more than worthy of attention, Fischl hopes to bring some positive press to Trach with a public event in the future.
“It’s awesome – it’s just another example of the generosity of the people in Prince Albert to make sure this trail moves forward,” Fischl said.
Dionne said that work has been progressing quickly along Marquis Road’s west end, and that a stretch parallel to Mahon Drive and Jasper Place has already been marked.
“It’ll be a large stretch to come this year,” he said.
One gap remains in front of Home Hardware, which Dionne said is not indicative of the business’s disapproval of the project.
Instead, Home Hardware’s owners have something special planned that will take some time – interlocking bricks to match their landscaping, accompanied by a couple benches and a pooper scooper holder.
Although there are a number of future developments going on in the area that the Rotary Trail must pass through, Fischl is optimistic that things will continue to progress quickly.
“Everybody seems to be co-operating and making it happen,” he said, adding that his experience with city’s elected officials and administration has been the same.
“We’ve had nothing but great meetings with them – mayor and council, they all seem to be on our side.”
On Sept. 27, Fischl announced almost $300,000 in donations received so far this year for trail work, including a $28,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Prince Albert, $10,000 from the Summit Run, $50,000 from B&B Asphalt, and $200,000 from the Northern Lights Community Development Corporation.
B&B Asphalt has also offered three years’ free maintenance of the trail.
Although snow will begin falling in the coming weeks, Fischl noted that the city’s support continues throughout the summer, with regular snow removal along the trail ensuring it’s used all year.