2022 Member Trail Grant Recipients

2022 Member Trail Grant Recipients
The STA is pleased to announce the recipients of our Member Trail Grant Program. We will be providing $500 grants each to the Bengough & District Regional Park Authority, Leader and District Tourism, the Moose Jaw Pavers Cycling Group, and the Saskatoon Trail Alliance.
Operated by a board of volunteers, the Bengough & District Regional Park Authority is responsible for the maintenance of a campground with 29 services sites that offer power, water, and sewer hook-ups. The park also offers an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub, a 9-hole sand green golf course and driving range, playground area, beach volleyball court, ball diamond, and horseshoe pits. The park will be adding another 1km loop to an existing trail and will be updating their signs, sign poles, and benches for the public visiting the park.
Surrounded by rolling hills to the south of the area, the South Saskatchewan River valley in the north and the dry desert of the Great Sandhills, the community of Leader has some of the most unique landscapes Saskatchewan has to offer. Leader and District Tourism plan to fix existing pedestrian routes to prevent accidents and to give community members safe trail alternatives.
The Moose Jaw Pavers Cycling Club offers those interested in all forms of cycling a chance to get out and explore trails in the Moose Jaw area. The club has a trail maintenance agreement with SaskParks to support the maintenance of approximately 30 km of multiuse trails in Buffalo Pound Provincial Park. The maintenance includes vegetation clearing and minor trail tread repairs including re-establishing drainage and repair of eroded and cupped trail segments. The entire trail network is very popular and heavily used which has led to increased trail wear and the need for more efficient completion of work. To date the Pavers have used conventional fire fighting tools, but the issue with these tools is that need to be modified. The Pavers will use the funding for the purchase of trail maintenance specific tools
The Saskatoon Trail Alliance was established in 2018 to advocate for sustainable singletrack trails in Saskatoon. Local volunteers are working hard to try and help Saskatoon become the premier prairie single track trail destination in Canada. The alliance will use the funding to improve trail surfaces on the single track currently available in the city along the river valley, which is susceptible to erosion.

Saskatchewan Trails Annual General Meeting Info

Saskatchewan Trails Annual General Meeting
7 p.m., Thursday, March 24 via ZOOM

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7:00 p.m. Welcome from the STA
7:05 p.m. Introductions
7:10 p.m. Meewasin Valley Authority (Meewasin) App
Amy Wall, Manager, Marketing and Fund Development, Meewasin
Meewasin has been working alongside many organizations, elders and stakeholders on a new project called the Meewasin Indigenous experiences project, which led to a new Meewasin App. This program will enhance the First Nation and Métis history and stories found within the Meewasin Valley. This is the first project of its kind and was created to provide authentic and interactive educational content for local and international tourists wanting to learn more about the area.

7:20 p.m. Accessible Trails
Lisa Franks, former Paralympian, and trail enthusiast
Sports and the outdoors have always been a part of Lisa Franks’ life. After a spinal cord injury left her paralyzed at age 14, Lisa turned her sights to wheelchair sports. In wheelchair racing, she won four gold medals and one silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and two gold medals at the Athens Paralympics in 2004. Looking for a new challenge, she switched her focus to wheelchair basketball. In 2006 she became the first woman from Saskatchewan to be named to the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team. That season she won a gold medal at the 2006 World Championship with Team Canada. She also represented Canada in wheelchair basketball at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. After a severe shoulder injury ended her elite sports career, Lisa discovered adaptive mountain biking. In 2020 she formed the Saskatchewan Adaptive Mountain Bike (aMtb) Club with the goal of eliminating the financial barrier of purchasing equipment for new athletes. The club loans out aMtb bikes and takes new riders on introductory trail rides. In 2021, Lisa mapped several parts of the Trans Canada trail for accessibility in partnership with the TCT and AccessNow and she became an advisory member of the Saskatoon Trail Alliance. She hopes to grow the sport of aMtb and see continued improvement of accessibility in the outdoors.
7:50 p.m. Call to Order for Business Meeting
Approval of the Agenda
Approval of the Previous Meeting Minutes
Business Arising From the Minutes
President’s Report
Approval of Financial Statements
Approval of Auditor
Bylaw Amendments
Board of Directors Election
New Business

8:30 p.m. (approx.) Adjournment