Ramps, routes to update trail system
With snow covering some of the ground in the Exploits area, snowmobile and ATV enthusiasts alike are beginning to ride the trails. The Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is attempting to make the process a little easier this season.
One of the ways the Town of Grand Falls-Windsor is attempting to accommodate snowmobilers and ATV riders is by placing ramps in four areas of town for easier loading and offloading of machines. Chief Constable Terry Eisenhauer of the Grand Falls-Windsor municipal police department and Councilor Bruce Moores, chair of the parks, recreation and special events committee said council is also planning to upgrade and create trails around town for easier access to the trail system. Krysta Colbourne photo
Also as part of the process, council has placed ramps for easier loading and unloading ATVs and snowmobiles from trucks and trailers.
These ramps are placed in four areas around town, which also provide parking areas for vehicles.
There are ramps behind the old AbitibiBowater mill, New Bay Road, Goodyear Field, and one was completed and is ready to place at Centennial Field.
Also on New Bay Road, council enhanced an existing parking lot to accommodate more parking.
Through there are no new trails as of yet, council is also in the process of doing some work on a trail joining Centennial Field and Main Street, where Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association has already done some work.
There are also upgrades by Sanger Park, in which they are making a new trail for crossing the road to avoid crossing on the turn in the road.
"It's going to take a few more dollars, but once we get things in motion that we can demonstrate to the provincial government, we're hoping they will come on side as well." Municipal Chief Constable Terry Eisenhaur
"It's going to take a few more dollars, but once we get things in motion that we can demonstrate to the provincial government, we're hoping they will come on side as well," Chief Constable Eisenhaur said, adding the projects are all funded by the Town right now, but they are hoping to get tourism grants and other funding to help out.
Chief Constable Eisenhaur said they are also looking at improving the trail system from Main Street west up around to Ivany's Road and possibly back around to the Grenfell Heights area.
"We're looking at using the pole line there so it may require just a matter of getting some permits from Nalcor to do some work there and just run the equipment through," Chief Constable Eisenhaur said. "That's not the primary objective right now, but it is there."