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New Hydro One Current River Lookout Dedicated

June 17,  2013 – The City of Thunder Bay and Hydro One celebrated the opening of Current River Lookout today.  Councillor Andrew Foulds and Randy Beamish, Superintendent Forestry Services Northern Zone from Hydro One cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the Lookout.

The project, which began in 2009, included:

  • trail improvements to link Birch Point to the Bluffs and Centennial Park
  • Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Blue Bird Recovery Program habitat enhancements
  • scenic observation deck and access ramps,
  • post and rail fencing
  • landscaping restoration, and
  • slope protection

“Hydro One has a longstanding tradition of giving back to the communities in which we live and work,” said Randy Beamish, Forestry Superintendent–Hydro One. “Hydro One takes its commitment to the environment very seriously, and this investment further complements the urban forest and creates a more ecologically sound and aesthetically pleasing greenway for the community.”    

Part of the project also included interpretative signage on Hydro One’s Integrated Forestry Management program that will educate visitors about maintaining green space
around the power lines in a safe manner. The signs are linked to a series of trails that connect with the Greenway Trail Network. 

“This partnership has provided the City with a wonderful new amenity that complements and enhances our already established recreational trail network at Centennial Park,” said Paul Fayrick, Manager – Parks, City of Thunder Bay.

Hydro One provided capital funding for construction, and City of Thunder Bay improved the access trails and maintains the trails and Lookout. 

Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 121,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.

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Contact: Werner Schwar, Coordinator – Parks Planning, City of Thunder Bay, 625-2806
 Hydro One Media Relations, 24 hours a day, at 1-877-506 7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or