After one of the longest winters in recent memory, spring is finally here.
With the warmer weather, like many of you, I have been anxious to get on my bike and use the many bike and walking trails. Here in St. James, we have the Yellow Ribbon Trail System and I am excited to announce some of the many improvements the city has in store.
Two large trail heads are to be installed at the entrance and exit of this 5.5-kilometre mixed-use trail which begins at Hamilton and Silver Avenue continuing to Ferry Road and into Polo Park. The two shaded rest areas will be informative trail guides to showcase numerous hotspots on the route.
This will include everything from the Living Prairie Museum, St James Horticultural Society Community Gardens, Truro Creek, Legion Memorial Park, as well as the Air Force Heritage Park Museum, which is a deep rooted part of St. James history. This will blend in nicely with the new trees being planted along the trail.
Thousands of people work in Murray industrial Park 24-7. To make this more accessible to residents, shift workers, as well as commuters, we are installing a lighting system to make people feel safe any time of the day.
The installation of the Yellow Ribbon Greenway Viewing Plaza is also scheduled for this year. This will provide a rest and meeting area for the hundreds of people taking advantage of these routes.
It will be strategically placed along the flight path for aviation enthusiasts to enjoy the magnificent sight of planes landing and taking off at our runways of the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
You will also be able to enjoy a tribute to Winnipeg aviation history by local artists.
A number of benches will be networked along the path which will honour volunteers and leaders in our community.
The City of Winnipeg is certainly making a conscious effort to promote an active and healthy lifestyle by creating trail systems.
After listening to you, we are now making improvements to enhance your experience on the trail system. It is my hope that these new projects will encourage residents of the community to utilize the trails throughout St. James even more than they already are.