Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in the Valley

Government is supporting three sustainable transportation projects in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

Kings South MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced support at an event today, Sept. 21 at Eaves Hollow Trail Head in Kentville. Greater promotion of Kentville’s existing active sustainable transportation, a new T-trail in Windsor and design of a new ring trail are all funded through the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2.

“Projects like these promote active living and help make our communities more vibrant and more livable,” said Mr. Irving. “All three of these important projects are community driven by dedicated staff and volunteers, and government is pleased to come to the table as a partner.”

Government is providing $20,000 to the Town of Kentville to promote existing active transportation resources in the town and encourage use of the local rails-to-trails system. The project includes signage at trail heads and greenspaces, as well as directional signs on the main roads.

“Kentville is home to many great walking and cycling trails that take you from one end of town to the other, and many points in between,” said Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum. “Ensuring people know where our recreation facilities are, and how to easily move between them, allows us to make the most of our resources and promote them to residents and visitors alike.”

Mr. Irving also announced a $24,000 grant to the Town of Windsor to begin the first phase of the Tregothic Rail Trail Connection, a new T-shaped trail that connects communities with schools, recreation facilities, the local hospital and more.

“This trail project will serve people of all ages in our Town and provides connectivity to schools, playgrounds and communities, all within safe walking distance,” said Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley. “Government’s support for such healthy and vibrant endeavours is very much appreciated.”

Government is also providing a $10,000 grant to the town of Berwick for the design of a new trail that circles the town. The trail will connect people to the fitness and sport complex, the community health centre, school, and many other points.

“The Town of Berwick and surrounding areas have several recreation trails, but few with destinations,” said Mayor Don Clarke. “Designing and building this ring trail will connect people to important places within our community – and to one another.”

Connect2, launched in May, aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province.

More projects will be announced in the coming weeks, and all will be completed by March 10, 2016.

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