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Greig s - trail presentation


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Greig s - trail presentation

  1. 2. <ul><li>Today there are over 1000 km of trails in Simcoe County of which 77 are named (Georgian Trail, North Simcoe Rail Trail, Tiny Trails, Midland Rotary Trails, etc.) </li></ul>
  2. 3. The 4 Milestones <ul><li>#1 CN/CP abandoning their rail lines. In 1940, over 500 km of rail lines criss-crossed Simcoe County. By 1990, less than 400 km remained. By 2010,, only 200-250 km will remain. This has freed over 250 km of abandoned lines for trails. Many of these abandoned lines run through 27,000 acres of County forest making for a natural amenity . </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li># 2 In 1978, Tiny Township purchased 22.5 km of abandoned rail line from CN for $10,000 to create a “linear park”, or Tiny’s Trails, for use by walkers, skiers, snowmobilers and horseback riders. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>#3 In 1990, the Province awarded the Town of Collingwood the very first Wintario grant of $110,000 to create a trail – The Georgian Trails </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>#4 In 1992, Huronia Trails and Greenways was founded. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Trails Issues Then… <ul><li>Selling your municipal council and the economic and social benefits of trails. </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with CN & CP when they abandon a rail line </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with adjacent landowners </li></ul><ul><li>Construction, surfacing, uses, signage, maintenance, management and operation </li></ul><ul><li>Funding $ </li></ul>
  7. 8. Trails Issues Now… <ul><li>Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Looped Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Parks & Recreation/Planning Department Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of Municipal Trails Advisory Committees </li></ul>