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Archived Media News Headlines re trails in Central Alberta
2010-2009 (chronologically in reverse)


News 2010 
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Dec. 10, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
   Land Negotiations Currently Underway

   County one step closer to pathway linking Lacombe and Blackfalds

           'You could go riding for days on our Central Alberta trail system when it's complete'
     Lacombe County took a big step and agreed on Thursday to spend $700,000 to build a trail from Blackfalds to Lacombe.
The paved walking and biking trail would provide a six-km link to trails being built in Blackfalds and Lacombe . . .

Nov. 10, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Bridging gap between history and disrepair - could eventually be part of trail network
   County to repair historic train trestle with $350,000; Bridge could eventually be part of trail network
     A rotting historic bridge in Red Deer County will get a repair job.  County council unanimously approved spending up to $350,000 on the 98-year-old Mintlaw Bridge, a former Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. span across the Red Deer . . .

Oct. 19, 2010, Springbrook-Waskasoo Life online magazine

   Paved Trails Latest Improvement for Springbrook
    The main trail in the natural Springbrook Park has now been paved. The new trail along Airport Drive was paved a couple of weeks ago. The new Springbrook sign at the entrance to the hamlet along Airport Drive is under . . .

August 18, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail to enhance safety along 2A
   Springbrook-to-Penhold Trail link construction may begin this fall
     The perils of walking and cycling along Hwy 2A between Red Deer and Penhold will be lessened when a trail is built between Springbrook and Penhold in the next year.  But there are no immediate plans to build a trail between . . .

August 10, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Paths to change -
Promenade would connect facilities located between Alexander Way and
                                            Rotary Recreation Park under concept plan

     A promenade connecting various recreation, sporting and culture facilities will form the spine of a major overhaul planned for southeast side of Red Deer's downtown.  The city's recreation, parks and culture department has now . . .

August 4, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
   Red Deer County
- City plan to guide park expansion
     Red Deer County will use a City of Red Deer parks development plan for the river valley as a guideline for future expansion of trails and other recreational areas.  The city adopted its River Valley and Tributaries Park Concept . . .

July 31, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Trans-Canada trekkers awed by local scenery
   Mash family have hiked parts of national trail system since 2002
     Trekking together along Highway 2A, heading north towards Red Deer from Penhold, a family from British Columbia continued to marvel at their first look at vast prairie farm fields, bright yellow canola crops and a horizon that goes . . .

July 28, 2010, Red Deer Express
   City council adopts river valley plan
     City Council adopted a trails and parks planning tool Monday night in the form of the River Valley & Tributaries Park Concept Plan.  The long-term plan's purpose is to identify lands best suited for potential trails and parks within the . . .

June 15, 2010, RedDeerRegion.com online magazine

   Sylvan Lake Residents Want Green Space Kept

   Two issues have come in conflict in Sylvan Lake with residents wanting both a new skateboard park and the preservation of an abandoned rail line that has become a cherished park but not the two projects together. The town . . .

June 8, 2010, Lacombe Globe

   Blindman River Bridge is unveiled
     The grand opening of the Blindman River Bridge held last Saturday marked the successful completion of a long-term project which will serve as a key link of the TransCanada Trail, that links communities from coast to coast.  The event, . .

June 7, 2010, Red Deer Advocate
   Bridge Opens - Trail connects the dots for hikers
     The dream to have a recreational trail for hikers, bikers and roller bladers from Red Deer to the far end of Lacombe County is one step closer thanks to a pedestrian bridge over the Blindman River.  The grand opening of the project on . . .

May 28, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Rural residents won't sell land for trai
     A two-km trail from Blackfalds to the new pedestrian bridge over the Blindman River will be built this summer despite a failure to convince a couple of property owners to sell strips of their land for the project.  Lacombe County . . .

May 27, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   City choppers in the bridges - Operation spares Maskepetoon Park environmental damage
     A heavy-lift helicopter was brought in from British Columbia Wednesday to install two walking bridges in Red Deer's Maskepetoon Park.  It was the latest step to develop the ecologically sensitive park, which is located on the north side . . .

May 25, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Grand opening of bridge scheduled for June 5
     A crew of soldiers who helped build a bridge for hikers and bikers will join in celebrating its grand opening on International Trails Day, Saturday, June 5.  Members of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment helped install the bridge . . .

May 11, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail development tops society agenda
     A pair of bridges are now finished and progress is being made on a regional trail running between Penhold and Ponoka, says the president of the Central Alberta Regional Trail Society.  CARTS members, including the various . . .

Apr. 20, 2010, Springbrook-Waskasoo Life online magazine

   Open Spaces and Trail Plan Gets Award
     Red Deer County's Open Spaces Master Plan has received the Recreation Industry Excellence Award for Parks and Open Spaces from the Recreation for Life Foundation. The County, along with consultants Dillon Consulting and . . .

Mar. 19, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Army reservists finish their work on pedestrian bridge
     Army Reservists have completed their portion of the construction of Blindman River pedestrian bridge ahead of schedule and will not be on site this weekend, an Armed Forces spokesman said Thursday.  Great weather, great . . .

Mar. 15, 2010, Red Deer Advocate online

   Military build
    Canadian Army reservist engineers from the Edmonton-based 25th and Calgary-based 33rd Engineer Squadrons of the 41st Combat Engineer Regiment, which is also based in Edmonton, donated about $50,000 worth of their time . . .

Mar. 4, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Trailblazing document -
City, County reveal plans to extend Waskasoo Park, trail system
     Red Deer's parkland is anticipated to grow by more than 7,135 acres by the time the city's population increases to 300,000 in the next several decades.  The City of Red Deer is working with Red Deer County on extending the city's . . .

Mar. 2, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Blindman Bridge
     A Tar-ific Construction worker passes timbers to a colleague working inside the foundation of the new Blindman River walking bridge south of Blackfalds Monday. It and another over the Battle River in Ponoka are part of the . . .

Feb. 26, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Lacombe County embraces trail concept
     Enough Lacombe County landowners have warmed to the idea of a trail on their land so that a route from the Blindman River to Blackfalds could be ready this summer.  "It's been a bit of a challenge for us in negotiating," said . . .

Feb. 24, 2010, Ponoka News

   Welding the walking bridge
     Work to install the new 140-foot long walking bridge over the Battle River is nearing completion. The bridge north of the 57th Avenue train crossing was built by Will's Welding, and after it was placed on pilings by crane, a crew from . . .

Feb. 5, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail over the Blindman
     Jason Witvoet of Will's Welding in Ponoka works to connect the bridge structure to the piles on a bridge over the Battle River in Ponoka on Thursday. Over 13,000 kg of steel went into the construction of the pedestrian bridge, which will . . .

Jan. 29, 2010, Red Deer Advocate

   Bridges for pedestrians to be completed by the spring
     Work is to be finished by the end of March on pedestrian bridges connecting the Central Alberta Regional Trail.  With support from the Town of Ponoka and Lacombe County, members of the Central Alberta Regional Trail Society are . . .

News 2009 
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Dec. 22, 2009, Springbrook-Waskasoo Life online magazine

   County Agrees to Purchase Mintlaw Trestle for $1
     Red Deer County council today unanimously agreed to purchase the former Alberta Central Railway Mintlaw trestle west of Springbrook from Canadian Pacific Railway for $1 in exchange for a tax receipt for $8.8 million, determined . . .

Oct. 28, 2009, Ponoka News

   MP announces federal funding for footbridge
     The federal government is providing bridge financing for a bridge in Ponoka.  Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins announced Oct. 14 that the Town of Ponoka will receive federal funding to construct a pedestrian bridge over the . . .

Oct. 19, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Lacombe in Motion event raises money for trails
     A seasoned marathoner is on the run to improve trails around six Lacombe lakes and ponds.  Lacombe resident Bill Nielsen helped organize Sunday's first annual Lacombe in Motion Walk/Run involving more than 200 participants. . .

Oct. 16, 2009, Red Deer Advocate Local Briefs

   Grant provided for bridge
     The Town of Ponoka has received a federal grant of $185,000 to build a pedestrian bridge over the Battle River on its portion of the Trans Canada Trail.  To be administered by the National Trails Coalition, the grant dovetails with an . . .

Oct. 14, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Call in the army - Funding falling in place for trail project includes military-built bridge deck
     Army engineers and an injection of cash from the federal government will help kick-start the Lacombe County leg of the Trans Canada Trail.  Wetaskiwin MP Blaine Calkins announced Tuesday that the federal government will . . .

Sept. 29, 2009, Springbrook Waskasoo Life online magazine

   County Starts Construction of Springbrook Park Trail System
     Red Deer County has started construction of a trail system in the treed and meadow natural area south of the hamlet of Springbrook and Airport Drive. The main spine of the trails is part of the Trans Canada Trail system with branch . . .

Sept. 5, 2009, Red Deer Advocate Editorial

   The trail to discovery
(bouquet) to the troops of the Canadian Forces who are mobilizing in Central Alberta to help blaze the way for a portion of the Trans-Canada Trail.  This trail is of immense importance to all Canadians, and a boon to the tourist industry, by . . .
(bouquet)  Still on the walking trail, a bouquet to Lacombe County for recognizing the importance of this project by expressing enthusiasm, backed by a donation of $50,000 worth of building material for the Blindman River bridge. . .
(dart) And still on the walking trails, a dart to those opposing this exciting venture. In particular, some members of the rural community who argue that they don't want city folk invading their properties. For the most part, the trail plan . . .

August 28, 2009, Red Deer Advocate
   Walking Trail Project
- Army helping with bridge construction
     The Canadian Armed Forces is mobilizing to help build a pedestrian bridge in Lacombe County.  Army engineers have agreed to donate their time and expertise for the $300,000 bridge over Blindman River as part of a walking trail . . .

July 13, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail to cost millions - Pathway from Rocky Mountain House to Nordegg nearly $7 million
     The Rocky Mountain House to Nordegg trail is expected to cost $6.8 million to complete.  The three-metre wide trail, much of which will be along the old rail line, will have washrooms, garbage cans, picnic sites, signage and a few . . .

June 24, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Trail system about to be improved
     Adding new paths in a west-end neighbourhood and at a new off-leash dog park are part of this year's trail enhancements for Red Deer.  The City of Red Deer is working on various sections of the pathway system, including . . .

June 17, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Bridges to link major area trail expansions
     Two new bridges are expected to be built this year for trails crossing the Blindman River and the Battle River.  The Central Alberta Regional Trail Society has been working on the project with Lacombe County, the Town of Ponoka and . . .

June 15, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Outfitter steps up
     Raising money for the trail systems in Central Alberta is as simple as slipping into your hiking boots, sneakers or sandals, taking a photo and sending it to the Central Alberta Regional Trails Society.   The society is collecting . . .

June 6, 2009, Red Deer Advocate Local Briefs

   Nature centre hosts Trail Days
   Central Albertans are invited to come out to Trails Day at Kerry Wood Nature Centre on June 13, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Sponsored by Central Alberta Regional Trails Society, the event will kick off at 10:15 am with a Leave No Trace . . .

May 13, 2009, Red Deer Region Online Magazine

   Municipal Councils Endorse Trails Along Highways

     Red Deer city council recently passed a resolution urging the province to consider trail construction as part of the building or rebuilding of roads and highways. The resolution will go to the AUMA (Alberta Urban Municipalities . . .

Mar. 21, 2009, Red Deer Advocate bouquet

   New trails offer vital link
    (bouquet) to the County of Red Deer, for making trail development through the county a priority.  Trails connecting Springbrook to Penhold and Spruce View to Dickson, and a Cottonwood day-use area near Dickson Dam, have been . . .

Mar. 18, 2009, Red Deer Advocate

   Building trails to paradise
     Red Deer County hopes several recreational pilot projects will help them move forward with its Open Spaces Master Plan.  Trails connecting Springbrook to Penhold and Spruce View to Dickson, and a Cottonwood day-use area near . . .

Mar. 18, 2009, Red Deer Express

   Trails and parks for County
     Red Deer County council got their first look at the Open Spaces Master Plan at yesterday's meeting.  Officials from Dillon Consulting were on hand to present the report to council, which they've been working on since 2005.  The Open . . .

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