Conservation areas and trails continue to be well used throughout the Hamilton watershed. Thanks to donations to the Foundation’s Trail Development Fund, the Foundation was able to fund approximately $60,000 in trail and bridge improvements last year.
Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) maintains a network of over 145 km of recreation trails that are enjoyed by a variety of users. While some of these trails are more rugged, others provide a multi-use experience and are accessible to users of all abilities. Opportunities for increased accessibility are considered when new trails are designed, or existing trails need repairs. This was the case with the recent restoration of the Dofasco 2000 Trail and boardwalk. Funded in part by donations to the Foundation, this restoration project provided the opportunity to make the Dofasco 2000 Trail more accessible, by incorporating smoother and more level transitions between trail sections and road approaches. Uniform trail barriers were also installed at all road crossings that allow for better access to the trail.
This year, donations to the Foundation’s Trail Development Fund will be directed to accessibility improvements at Christie Lake Conservation Area. This will include repairs to the existing accessible walkway from the beach house to the beach; the addition of trail signage at parking lots and trailheads to make way-finding easier for all users; and the introduction of beach accessibility mats. These mats will provide a firm, safe, and stable surface for a wide range of users, including people with disabilities or mobility challenges; the elderly; those using wheelchair, mobility scooters or strollers; and other groups with special access needs.
With your continued support, these efforts will help make Christie Lake a destination of accessibility excellence, and set the bar for future trail improvements.