In this story from July 2006, former Parks and Recreation Director Peter Dunbar talks about the west end expansion of the Collingwood Trail System.
Trail System Gets Financial Boost
Georgian Trail Upgrade For West End
Mayor Terry Geddes stands at a completed portion of the Georgian Trail west end redevelopment project
The Collingwood Trail System will take on a new look in the town’s west end in the Spring. Town of Collingwood Director of Parks and Culture Peter Dunbar says in light of the redevelopment of the Blue Mountain Mall and because of the Black Ash Creek Flood Control Project, the western portion of the popular Georgian Trail had to be redeveloped. It will soon cross the busy four lane highway 26 at Harbour Street near Cranberry Village at a set of traffic lights.
Dunbar says this provides a much safer crossing point for trail users than the previous crossing point at Old Mountain Road. Trail users will be able to choose from at least two routes to Harbourview Park from this location. The trail system continues to grow and recently received a huge financial boost to the tune of $250,000.00 from a private foundation created to support the present trail system and aid in its future development. $50,000.00 per year will be available for trail maintenance and development for each of the next five years. Presently, 62 kilometres of trails are available throughout Collingwood. Dunbar says the trail system will soon grow to the point where a large connecting route around Collingwood will be complete allowing users to enjoy an hour-and-one-half bike ride or a two-and-one-half hour walk.