Media Release - Opening Ceremony for New Section of the Spirit Trail June 16, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
West Vancouver, BC - The District of West Vancouver and the Squamish Nation are pleased to announce the opening of a new section of the Spirit Trail along Bridge Road and Welch Street. This new section is built on Squamish Nation land and brings us one step closer to realizing our dream of a multi-use greenway linking the North Shore communities from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.
The public is invited to the official opening of this new section on Saturday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Welch Street and Mathias Road.
Mayor Michael Smith said, “The Spirit Trail not only provides a safe and accessible route for all, but it also promotes a healthy lifestyle and community connections. This project demonstrates what we can accomplish when we work in partnership for the benefit of community.”
This new section connects Ambleside, eastward from 13th Street through Park Royal and the Capilano Reserve, to Whonoak Road and into North Vancouver where the trail meets up with a new section constructed by the District of North Vancouver.
Chief Bill Williams said, “The new trail improves pedestrian movement within the Capilano community allowing our Elders, youth and school children safer access to community facilities like Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre and Xwemelch’stn Estimxwawtxw (little ones’) School.“
The Spirit Trail is a partnership between the three North Shore municipalities, the Squamish Nation, the Federal and Provincial governments and TransLink. Once the 35-kilometre route is complete, it will establish a relatively flat connection across the North Shore for use by pedestrians, cyclists, inline skaters and people with wheeled mobility aids. The Spirit Trail serves as the backbone of West Vancouver’s local cycling network and is an important component of the District’s 2010 Strategic Transportation Plan. For more information, please visit westvancouver.ca/spirittrail.
About the District of West Vancouver
The District of West Vancouver is the local government led by Mayor Michael Smith and Council. Home to more than 44,000 residents, West Vancouver is a local government which strives to "inspire excellence and lead by example". Our Vision and Mission guide us to pursue our treasured quality of life and will be the measure of our success as a community. West Vancouver is a community built on innovation, a strong spirit of personal civic commitment and a deep value for relationships.
Jessica Delaney Director of Communications
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