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By Angela Gemmill
It’s just one piece of a much bigger picture.
A 400-metre section of the Junction Creek Waterway Park officially opened today connecting the trail between Aurthur Street and Attlee Avenue in New Sudbury.
Brian Smith, with Connect the Creek Partnership, says this is the first portion of the trail completed since the committee was put together.
The Junction Creek Waterway Park is a partnership between Rainbow Routes Association, the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, the Nickel District Conservation Authority and the City of Greater Sudbury.
The latest construction took roughly a week to finish with help from numerous volunteers.
The next seven kilometres of trail will be be finished by 2015, but will be done in pieces because some areas require land acquisitions.
Once done the finished trail will provide 18-kilometres of non-motorized walkway from Kelly Lake Road in the South to Maley Drive in the North.
Judy Courtemanche with Rainbow Routes Association says the finished park trail will be monumental for the city, will help attract visitors and will keep children safe while they walk or cycle throughout the city.
Ward 11 Councillor Terry Kett says developing our walking areas is a big step to changing our cultural outlook on travel throughout the city -moving residents from highways and busy streets to walking/cycling trails.
Sudbury City Council gave money towards the development of this latest trail and Kett says he will continue to make sure the project is funded until its finished.
Several of the speakers at today’s opening spoke about the need for safe walking areas particularly after news of two separate pedestrian-vehicle collisions in the city.
(Judy Courtemanche, Terry Kett, Brian Smith and Dave Courtemanche at opening of section of Junction Creek Waterway Park)