PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS JAN 29 2021
TO GHTC MEMBERS and SUPPPORTERS
I hope you are coping with the current situation and safely getting outside for your own wellbeing. As you know, we cancelled the Club’s traditional January 1st “Clear the Cobwebs” hike and our hiking program is still on hold.
I have made use of this “indoor time” by thoroughly soaking up the workings of the Club and learning from your board and program heads. The board continues to meet monthly over ZOOM, and I can tell you we are working hard considering policies, plans, and ideas to engage our members and make GHTC a critical and valued contributor to the community’s wellbeing.
Last month, I sent you the Club’s official submission to The Guelph Master Trails Plan Update 2021. Many of you responded by writing to the city in support of the submission. I was delighted by your response and the letters you shared with me in support of the work that the club does. Thank you!
I wanted to update you on just two of the items I mentioned in my November notice as being high priority for the Club in 2021.
First is our plan to strengthen our country trails network, particularly Section #8 of the Radial Line Trail on its last leg to Limehouse. To this end, we have developed a strategy to exhaust all possible trail alternatives as a result of the closing of the trail from 4th Line Halton to 5th Line Halton. We are working with Halton Hills Parks Department to see where our goals might align. (Side note: They are incredibly supportive and helpful).
Second is the James St. Trail bridge project. We received a GRCA permit for our amended design in January. We have received quotes from a couple of contractors. We are meeting with other Guelph Stakeholder Community organizations in early February to formally plan the community fund raising campaign. At the same time, we have been working on the fund raising infrastructure on our website and with CanadaHelps. Rita Ladjinsky, one of our members, has done a wonderful artist’s impression of the bridge illustrating the accessibility to the trail the bridge creates, and the relaxation a walk along the trail provides. Our “passive campaign” to raise funds has already attracted many generous donors and we thank them all for their contribution. We are planning to install the bridge mid 2021.
Stay safe and “See you on the trails”,