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Grand Trunk Trail a going concern

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About a dozen people gathered for the Headingley Grand Trunk Trail Association annual general meeting on April 28 at the Headingley Community Centre.

The meeting went over the list of things the HGTTA completed this year, its financial statements and upcoming events.

The Headingley Grand Trunk Trail is about 10 kilometres long, running along the abandoned CN railway bed from the Perimeter Highway to west of Beaudry Provincial Park.

One of the items discussed was the possibility of extending the trail further into Cartier after members of the HGTTA met with Andrew Peters, councillor from the RM of Cartier.
Diana Juchnowski, HGTTA chair, says the RM of Cartier is planning on extending the trail from Beaudry Provincial Park.

Another way the HGTTA wants to extend the trail is by linking existing trails from home developments in Headingley to the trail.

The HGTTA created a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Headingley-Grand-Trunk-Trail/380104098785906), as well as a trail blog for the trail (headingleygrandtrunktrails.blogspot.ca/). Both social media platforms are updated with trail events and news.

Heather Hinam, who did the artwork for the trail’s kiosk, is working on QR video viewing stations for use by fall.

Trail users will be able to use their phones to scan QR codes and videos will show up on their screen.

The significant expense incurred by the HGTTA over the past two years was the kiosk, which cost $8,034.

The other large cost was the interpretive planning kiosk in Riverview Park, which cost $4,610 between 2012 and 2013.

The next event for the HGTTA is the Wild Ride West. People will decorate their bikes (aka "horses") and dress up in Western costumes to ride six kilometres from the Perimeter Highway to Wescana Street in Headingley.

The ride will take place June 8 at 2 p.m. to celebrate International Trails Day and the 100th anniversary of Grand Trunk Railway.

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