Fri, 06 May 2016
Oakville’s Crosstown Heritage Trail will receive a significant upgrade thanks to funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario. The important investment in the trail and its pedestrian and cycling facilities is part of the federal government’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) will contribute up to $235,000 of the total project cost of $735,000. The remaining $500,000 share of the project was included in the town’s capital budget as part of the Active Transportation Master Plan.
MPs John Oliver and Pam Damoff announced the contribution on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
Part of Oakville’s 57 kilometres of heritage trails, the Crosstown Trail runs along the natural gas pipeline between Upper Middle Road and Dundas Street, from Bronte Creek Provincial Park to Ninth Line. Enhancements to a three-kilometre portion of the trail, from Neyagawa Boulevard to Eighth Line, will include widening sections of the trail and replacing limestone screening with asphalt to provide ease of access for cyclists and persons with disabilities. Other improvements include placing benches in rest areas; installing trail counting data recorders, trail signage, and pedestrian crossings; and creating improved landscaping and drainage. The estimated date of substantial completion is December 31, 2017.
The enhancement project is one of 730 approved projects across southern Ontario through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The Program aims to give back to Canadians and create a lasting legacy as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. The Program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.
Oakville has 1,420 hectares of parkland; over 300 kilometres of recreational trails; more than 185 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths; and over 200 parks, garden plots, playgrounds and sports fields. Oakville’s Heritage Trail system features information stations telling over eighty stories about our land and its people. The trails link to all areas of the community and reflect the town’s natural, human and built heritage.
“Investing in infrastructure is vital to building strong, vibrant communities. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program ensures that we can sustain and enhance our parks and green spaces like Oakville’s Crosstown Heritage Trail for future generations. I am thrilled that this important program will benefit Oakville and help us protect and improve such a beautiful part of our community. I look forward to riding my bike along this improved portion of the Trail in my riding,” said Pam Damoff, MP, Oakville North — Burlington.
“Through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, I am pleased that this project will strengthen and expand our community’s infrastructure. I am proud that the residents of Oakville and surrounding communities will benefit from this project well into the future,” said John Oliver, MP, Oakville.
“Enhancements to the Crosstown Trail will provide all residents of Oakville with increased opportunities for recreation. This project is a valued addition to the cultural heritage of our community and a significant and lasting way we can honour Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Mayor Rob Burton.