View from Beeton Creek bridge
Our petition in support of building the Trans Canada Trail in New Tecumseth OFF-ROAD on the town-owned abandoned railline is getting great support. Thank you to all who have already signed the petition.
For your reference, below is also some encouragement from the Trans Canada Trail’s National Director, Jane Murphy.
April 2, 2014
Town of New Tecumseth
10 Wellington Street East
Alliston, Ontario L9R 1A1
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mayor MacEachern and Council,
We understand that through the public consultation process for the development of
the abandoned railway right of way (ROW) as Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in New
Tecumseth, there was considerable opposition by the adjacent landowners. We
certainly acknowledge the concerns of the adjacent landowners; however, TCT would
like to reassure the residents of the area, the council and adjacent landowners that
the development of greenway provides many benefits and far outweighs any
perceived negative impacts.
There is considerable research that indicates the development of greenway creates
safer neighbourhoods and communities. With appropriate signage and education,
any potential risks associated with agricultural development can be addressed.
As you may know, the Trans Canada Trail is now 72 per cent complete. Just recently
the Government of Canada announced up to $25 million in matching funding to help
us achieve full connection and become a centrepiece for Canada 150 celebrations in
2017. You may also be aware that there was a recent contribution of $2.6 million by
the Province of Ontario to assist in achieving connection in Southern Ontario as part
of a Pan Am Legacy initiative.
Access to this funding is only for the development of greenway Trail and cannot be
used to improve roadway infrastructure to accommodate cycling. To date Trans
Canada Trail has provided $189,840 to assist in the development of 4.6km of Trail
and an additional $250,000 has been approved through the Pan Am Legacy fund for
the development of additional greenway Trail.
Mayor MacEachern, we encourage you and Council to consider the many positive
benefits of this development to local residents in providing access to recreation
infrastructure, as well as the opportunity to be part of both the Pan Am Legacy and
Canada’s 150th celebrations. We do recognize that the Town supports the vision of
the Trans Canada Trail and we want to encourage you to take a strong leadership
role in the development of the ROW that the Town purchased for the development of
Should you require clarification on our greenway policy or funding requirements,
please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or at 800-465-3636 ext.
National Director of Trail