The Heritage Trail committee presented a thank-you plaque to Zoom Leisure Bikes owners Steve and Rebecca deBoer for their generous donation toward the Upper Canada Heritage Trail’s restoration.
The deBoers donated $3,000 as it is a “really important project” which would connect villages in the community, said Rebecca.
“Having good biking infrastructure in the area, as cycling is growing, and for walking and for pedestrians, is really important,” she told The Lake Report.
Rick Meloen, the Heritage Trail committee’s chair, noted, “There’s been a lot of individuals and families that have contributed and now we’re having businesses doing that.”
“So we’re really, really pleased. And this is such a good fit. A bicycle business and recreation of trail.”
The whole historic trail is 10 kilometres long and stretches from John Street to York Road.
Phase 1 of the project, to be completed in 2020, includes restoration of the trail from John Street to East and West Line, and will create a pathway made of crushed stone, three metres wide and 1,500 metres long.
It will cost around $150,000 to restore that section of the trail – $100 per metre. The committee has raised more than $17,000 over the past three weeks, said Tony Chisholm, the committee’s vice-chair.