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New Trail Links Parkdale Neighbourhood to City

November 14, 2008 - Thunder Bay residents joined City officials today to officially open the new Parkdale Recreation Trail at the trailhead on Wolverine Crescent.

The 1.3 kilometre asphalt trail begins at Wolverine Crescent and runs along the banks of the Neebing River, under the Thunder Bay Expressway to James Street and connects to the City's existing trail system.

"Residents from both sides of the Expressway are happy to use the new Parkdale Trail that extends from Wolverine Crescent to Thornloe Drive," said Neebing Ward Councillor Linda Rydholm. "The path is an important connector trail and it is being utilized by people of all ages and abilities as they walk, wheel, skate or bicycle their way to work, school and play." 

"One of the principle objectives of the Recreation Trail Master Plan is to connect major population areas together and to recreation and commercial areas," said Dwight Gessie, Manager - Parks Division. "With this key link connecting the Parkdale Subdivision to the Northwood Ward, the residential area west of the Expressway is no longer isolated."

As outlined in the Building on the New Foundation Strategic Plan, the City is working to provide an improved quality of life for all residents, which includes expanding cycling and pedestrian trails and corridors within the City.

"An important part of a vibrant city is having trail infrastructure that supports active transportation," said Northwood Ward Councillor Mark Bentz. "This link is a $330,000 investment in the City's growing trail network and provides a safe, vital connection between these neighbourhoods."

The completion of the Parkdale Trail is a major milestone in the implementation of the Recreational Trail Development Plan. City priorities for new trail development work over the next few years include: connecting the existing trail on the west-side of the Boulevard Lake Dam to Cumberland Street and from there, along the Current River to the mouth, and connecting the existing trail on the north-side of the McIntyre River from George Burke Park with the Regional Health Sciences Centre and Lakehead University.

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Contact: Dwight Gessie, Manager - Parks Division, 625-2355