One of the surest signs of summer in our community is the flurry of activity on the Northeast Pioneers Greenway.
This active transportation network along the former Marconi rail line between Gateway and Raleigh has become a potent symbol of our active, vibrant and diverse community and I’m proud that your provincial government has supported this important project every step of the way.
The trail started as a citizen-led initiative with a unique partnership between private donors, the city, and the province. Together we saw the potential of this community asset to link all of the neighbourhoods in the northeast part of the city and beyond.
That vision now plays out every day, rain, snow or shine, in all seasons of the year. Friendly smiles and "hellos" between neighbours are a common experience on the trail, as people use the trail to walk, run, bike, rollerblade or walk their dogs.
Having a safe, fun and convenient venue has been key to the success of the trail, which connects folks from Elmwood High School to Knowles Avenue. However, the vision that has emerged with the success of Northeast Pioneers Greenway is to connect to other corners of the city and beyond.
We’re now moving toward the next phase in connectivity by extending the trail north and south. You will notice as you travel over the Disraeli Freeway that there will be a connection to downtown with the construction of a pedestrian and active transportation bridge adjacent to the vehicle bridge. Work continues on this link that will provide access to Waterfront Drive and The Forks.
On the north end of the trail the province has begun consultations on building a link to Birds Hill Park and the Duff Roblin Parkway. On June 27, over 200 people attended an open house at the Covenant Christian Reform Church on Knowles Avenue to view three options for the bridge that will connect the Northeast Pioneers Greenway with trails in East St. Paul and Bird’s Hill.
Great interest was evident by the numbers of attendees and the questions asked of the presenters. Judging by the number of cyclists who came, I know that it will be a well-used addition to our trails system.
Northeast Pioneers Greenway has become a success due to the support from the public. It is a real community asset. I would like to thank the countless volunteers and community leaders who have made the Greenway a reality. Thanks to those with the vision and commitment to build the trail and I know this community space will continue to grow and expand in the future with support from your provincial government.
I look forward to seeing you on the trail!