A multi-use Sackville trail finally reality
Contributed by the Sackville Business Association
After almost 20 years of planning, the Sackville Rivers Association is thrilled to see the Sackville Greenway trail under construction.The first section of the trail, which will follow the Little Sackville River from Old Sackville Road, intersect Sackville Drive, and continue on to the Glendale Beaver Bank intersection, is slated to be completed by October 2016.
The paved, multiuse trail will be approximately two kilometres long, three metres wide and include a walking bridge over the Little Sackville River near the Sackville Lions Club.
At a cost of approximately $1.08 million, this has been funded almost 100 per cent by government.
“This trail would not be built if it wasn’t for HRM, Transportation Department,” says Walter Regan, executive director of the Sackville Rivers Association.“A special thanks to HRM and a thank you to provincial government, particularly Sports and Wellness and Connect2 [Department of Energy].”
Support for the trail has been high with both the public and business in Sackville.
“Several businesses expressed support that this is long over due,” Regan says. “Crombie and the owners of Kentucky Fried Chicken are so supportive of the trail that they’ve granted us right of ways across their properties. The province has also granted us a right of way.”
“Participating in initiatives such as this trail corridor provide important benefits to the public and represents another opportunity for Crombie to invest in the community. We look forward to continuing to work with HRM to make the Sackville Greenway Trail a reality,” says Joseph Driscoll manager, real estate and development planning at Crombie REIT.
The Sackville Greenway trail will connect many of the residential areas of Lower Sackville to the business core, offering residents a pedestrian friendly alternative to access shops and services.
“Those people who want to access churches, community events and, of course, shopping at Downsview Mall and along Sackville Drive will now have an alternative. If they don’t want to use a car, they can walk safely, they can bike safely; at the same time walking the Sackville Greenway they’ll experience nature, improve their health and meet their neighbours.”
Maintenance of the trail, which will include snow removal, will be the joint responsibility of the SRA and HRM.
“The SRA is approximately 100 volunteers right now and we are continually encouraging other members of the public to come forward. We are hoping that perhaps a business or two will adopt a section of the Sackville Greenway that they would clean up on a semi regular basis,” says Regan.
The full Sackville Greenway Trail plan includes a total of 13 kilometers of trail and will eventually run from Fultz House Museum to Feely Lake. Construction will happen in several phases, over multiple years and be dependent on funding.
“Thank you to the volunteers and the community of Sackville. We are doing this to protect the Little Sackville River, but also to enhance our community,” says Regan. “We invite everyone to the trail opening next year.”
The first section of the trail, which will follow the Little Sackville River from Old Sackville Road, intersect Sackville Drive, and continue on to the Glendale Beaver Bank intersection, is slated to be completed by October 2016.