Work is underway to begin paving a 1.5 kilometre segment of the CN Rails to Trails pathway which will connect Downtown Drumheller to the intersection of 19 Street and Highway 10 near the lights at Walmart. In March 2022, the Town signed a 25-year lease agreement, at a cost of $1 per year, with CN Rail to lease former railroad right of way throughout the Town to build and maintain a trail network. A total of $25,000 was allocated in the 2022 budget to support the paving of this segment, and the Town plans to allocate funds annually for future trail development. Paving was awarded to Brooks Asphalt & Aggregate Ltd. in addition to the regular Street Improvement Program project, and is expected to be completed within the next three to four weeks. The Town is currently in the process of establishing a task force to head the project and engage with local organizations and businesses to sponsor portions of the project, which could include sponsoring the construction of benches, rest areas, or other amenities along the trail network.
Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail