When I first moved to the BLT area, I started using the trail right away for running and walking. I did not think that much about how or why the trail was there, who maintained it, or how it was paid for – I just used it. If someone had asked me, I probably would have guessed the government was responsible for most of the work and funding. When I joined the Board of Directors, I was really in for an education. While it is true that the majority of funding for the trail does come from government sources (mostly municipal and provincial), nothing “just happens.” Volunteers have to apply for the funding on a yearly basis and take advantage of grant opportunities when they come up. Maintenance is also usually done by volunteers. Most people out for a bike ride or a Saturday training run have no idea how their outdoor activities depend on just a few dedicated people who keep the ground beneath them free of trash, new growth, potholes, and amply supplied with crusher dust. If you’re interested in learning more about how the trail functions, please attend our AGM this year! For more info, see below.
AGM on May 10, 2017
Come out to the Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Rails to Trails Association for our Annual General Meeting. It will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:00 pm, at the Lakeside Community Centre (1492 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd., Lakeside). There you will hear updates from the volunteer Board of Directors about the trail, as well as a special presentation by a Sandy Hamilton who will be speaking about the Rum Runners Trail. We will also have an update on the Halifax Green Network by Jenny Lugar of the Ecology Action Centre. If you live in the BLT area, you can also renew or get a new membership for $10 per family. With a membership, you will receive a quarterly newsletter and voting rights at the AGM. Local MLA Iain Rankin will be our MC. More details can be found on our website www.blttrails.ca
Spring Thaw ATV Restrictions Over
Spring thaw restrictions ended on April 21. This period of restrictions is done annually to protect the trail from the damage that ruts can cause on soft trails. These ruts turn into potholes, which need to be filled. This maintenance is expensive and time-consuming for volunteers. These restrictions are imposed by the Department of Natural Resources, and fines are levied against those caught breaking the rules. Signs are posted notifying users of the restrictions. For more information about our Motor Vehicle Use policies, visit http://blttrails.ca/ohv/.
Maintenance Report – Users Asked to Avoid Certain Portions of the Trail
In addition to regular maintenance, during the first week of May (weather permitting), there will be construction at the Water Falls, to rebuild the retaining wall that holds back the flood water that occurs after most heavy rains. This work will involve big trucks and heavy construction equipment. We ask that users refrain from using that section of trail during construction period which will likely be not more than three days. If you must use this portion of the trail, please use extreme caution and travel at your own risk. As well there will be repairs on the Five Island Lake Bridge next week. Again heavy equipment and trucks are involved and we request that users avoid the area during this repair. This will not likely take more than two days. Please stay safe and use extreme caution while travelling during this maintenance.
Help Us Celebrate International Trail Day!
Join us for this fun, family-oriented celebration of trails. The day starts at 10:00 a.m. on June 3. Cyclists will begin a 25km bike ride beginning at the Coca-cola plant at the trailhead to the end of the trail and back to the 5km marker. Walkers, runners and Nordic walkers will begin a 5km trip at the trailhead or at the Lake of the Woods entrance to the 5km marker. After the exercise, everyone is invited to meet at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church (2553 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd.) for a bouncy castle, jelly bean count, face painting, games, a BBQ and children’s prizes. This is a great event for the whole family! Check out the event on Facebook.