The Saskatchewan Trails Association is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Member Trail Grants. The recipients are Bengough and District Regional Park Authority, the Resort Village of Candle Lake, the Oxbow and District Recreation Board, Pasquia Regional Park Authority and the East Qu’Appelle Cartel cycling group.
Bengough and District Park Authority intends to add another additional 1km loop to their existing trail, which was began upgrades last year. This new path will create a connection back to the main trail section, creating plenty of opportunity for hikers to change their route on a regular basis. The grant will help purchase signs and signposts, benches, solar lights, garbage bins and dog waste receptacles for this new area.
The Resort Village of Candle Lake is in the process of extending the Simon Lehne Trail by approximately 750 meters for walking, cycling, and snowshoeing – starting at Hayes Drive. This trail extension will provide a practical connection from Simon Lehne Trail to Northview Trail, as well as the Nobles Point Marina and Shoreline Trail. Grant funding will be used towards Phase 2 of the project, which requires tree and brush clearing equipment.
The Oxbow and District Recreation Board plans to upgrade their existing Bow Valley trails. The grant will be used to purchase posts and solar lights that will be distributed to help light the path that has been enjoyed by residents, campers, and surrounding communities for years.
Pasquia Regional Park Authority would like to build a new rest area on their 5 km long path where the famous 90-million-year-old crocodile, “Big Bert”, was discovered. With plans to install an outhouse and park bench, the area will be cleared of foliage and other obstacles. This preliminary work is set to be completed in May, which will allow for installation in late July or early August.
The East Qu’Appelle will also be adding metred signage to their Kapo Kraze and Sunny Side Up trails, along with building a trail head sign between the Screeching Jay and Corky’s Revenge trails. This will offer checkpoints to hikers and give a better sense of direction and distance on these existing trails.
Although we wish we could fund every project, we would like to express our appreciation to all those who applied and continue to dedicate themselves to maintaining Saskatchewan’s trail network.
We look forward to seeing all the great things these organizations will do with the support of these grants!
East Qu’Appelle Cartel cycling group