Local trails in Chatham-Kent are receiving makeovers this upcoming month.
The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has announced two events planned for the month of June involving local trails.
Last week, the municipality announced it received a Trail Care grant from Trans Canada Trail to help maintain the TCT portion CASO Trail.
“Volunteers from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent are working hard to clean up the CASO Trail. We will be focusing on a section in Ridgetown between Erie Street North and Victoria Road, which is a part of the Trans Canada Trail– Join us and make a difference,” said Genevieve Champagne, Active Transportation & Special Event Coordinator for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
Residents are invited to take part in a trail cleanup on the section of the CASO Trail in Ridgetown between Erie Street North and Victoria Road on June 1. Anyone interested in joining can email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Representatives from the Chatham-Kent Trail Committee and Trans Canada Trail will also be on hand to introduce themselves to the community.
Participants will meet on the east side of Erie Street N. at the CASO Trail entrance.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with introductions, trail clean up at 10:30 a.m. and refreshments served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Just a few days later, on June 5, the municipality will also celebrate the grand opening of the Greenfield Global Trail.
Formally known as the Round the River Route, The Greenfield Global Trail is officially completed. The 21.5-kilometre long cycling route travels around the Thames River along Grande River Line and Riverview Line and features bike lanes on both sides of each road along with multi-use pathways.
The grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Cyclists will line up shortly after and can use the entire route, while walkers and runners will travel a 3-kilometre route in the opposite direction. Refreshments will be served following the event.
The roads will be closed to non-local traffic with support staff available.
“Come out and enjoy this activity as we have an active transportation mode for every person, and it is an event for the whole family,” said Champagne.
The Greenfield Global Trail Grand Opening takes place at the Blue Rotary Bench & Green Bike Repair Station at Grand Avenue W. between Fergie Jenkins Parkway and Bear Line. Parking will be located at the Mary Uniac Health Sciences and St. Clair College Campus Parking Lots.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News