03 Oct
2017

Millennium Trail upgrade project begins this fall

Picton – The trek toward a smooth, more user-friendly Millennium Trail will get underway in the coming weeks.

The County of Prince Edward is carrying out a three-year upgrade project in partnership with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Trails Committee, an external citizen committee dedicated to expanding and promoting The County’s trail networks. The municipality has committed $370,000 to the project, while the trails committee has fundraised $110,000, far surpassing its original goal of $80,000.

“The public support for the Millennium Trail upgrade is outstanding, and we are excited that this project is moving forward,” Mayor Robert Quaiff says. “The work undertaken over the next three years promises to deliver an outstanding recreational amenity that residents and visitors alike can experience and enjoy.”

The 46-kilometre multi-use trail stretches from Carrying Place at County Road 64 to Picton at County Road 49, passing through Consecon, Wellington, and Bloomfield. An 11-kilometre section of the trail from Danforth Road to Highway 33 east of Wellington has already been upgraded through the hard work and dedication of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

“The response to this project has been unbelievable,” says Patrick Maloney, Chair, PEC Trails Committee. “I want to thank our fundraising team and all of the donors who share our vision for the Millennium Trail as a linear park. When the resurfacing is finished, the trail will provide a path that joins all of the hamlets and towns along its length, providing a thoroughfare for recreation, transportation, and economic growth.”

This fall, The County will resurface the trail from east of Wellington to Lake Street in Picton. In 2018, the municipality plans to upgrade the section of the trail heading west from Wellington to Carrying Place and the section heading north from Picton to Highway 49. In the final year of the project, the balance of the resurfacing work will be completed and new signage will be installed the entire length of the trail, including kilometre markers, directional signage, interpretative signage, safety signs and information.

Six “trailhead” locations will also be established along the length of the trail, which will include wayfinding signage and vehicle parking to allow for ease of access. A trailhead location already exists at West Street in Wellington.

In addition to the resurfacing work, a two-kilometre stretch of the trail through two wetland areas in Hillier will feature several “eco-passages.” They will be designed to provide small animals such as turtles with a safe way to cross the trail. This work, which will also be completed this fall, is in part made possible thanks to a $15,000 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

The municipality is working with Barry Davidson to manage the trail upgrade. Mr. Davidson played a key organizing role when the Rotary Club of Wellington upgraded the trail in and around Wellington from 2012-15.

About the Millennium Trail

Acquired by The County from the Canadian National Railway in 1997, the Millennium Trail is a re-purposed abandoned rail line that was converted into a multi-use recreational feature for the enjoyment of County residents and visitors. The trail is popular amongst a wide array of recreational enthusiasts year round, including cyclists, hikers, snowmobilers, ATV riders, and cross country skiers. Visit http://pectrails.ca/ for more information about the Prince Edward County Trail Committee.

About the Millennium Trail Upgrade Project

The three-year capital project will be completed in phases from 2017-19. The trail will be graded and re-surfaced with crushed limestone, making it more accessible and enjoyable for all. Upgrades will also include the installation of kilometre markers and directional signage. Visit The County website to learn more about the project.

 

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca

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