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Locals encouraged to walk the line

SIMCOE, JANUARY 27, 2011 – Trail walkers and outdoor enthusiasts have a new place to get some exercise and explore our local beauty. After much hard work, the Delhi Rail Trail is completed and ready for people to take advantage of the former railway line that connects Simcoe to Delhi.

Pathways for People, a local community coalition advocating for new and improved trails in Norfolk County, is hosting a winter walk on the newly finished trail on Sunday, February 6 from 1-3 p.m. Walkers will explore the westernmost segment of the trail, from the Fertilizer Road trailhead, located just north of Windham Road 13, to Windham West Quarter Line Road. The round trip is approximately 3.5 km.

“This will be our first public trail event of 2011 and we are so excited to explore one of our newest trails,” said Joyce Flexman, Chairperson of Norfolk Pathways for People. “The work going on in the county is staggering; it’s great seeing so many people using the trails.”

Finishing the Delhi Rail Trail was one of the projects Norfolk County’s Community Services Department completed as part of the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program in Ontario. The 12.5 km walking and cycling trail starts in the north end of Simcoe, on North Court, located just west of Norfolk St. N on Davis St. The trail heads west to Fertilizer Road, on the outskirts of Delhi, but future plans include finding a way to connect the trail into the town of Delhi.

“Watch out for our official opening of the Delhi Rail Trail sometime in June,” said Mark Boerkamp of Norfolk County’s Community Services Department. “The new trails from Waterford through to Brantford and from Simcoe to Delhi are already seeing lots of walking and bicycle traffic.”

The recent trail developments in the County are encouraging to Pathways for People. Safe recreational paths are one key component the group is advocating for in their quest to build healthy communities that support walking and cycling.

For more information about the trail walk, contact Michele Crowley at the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit at 519-426-6170 ext 3239 or atmichele.crowley@hnhu.org.

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Media contact:
Michele Crowley
Health Promoter
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
519-426-6170 Ext. 3239
michele.crowley@hnhu.org