The most recent news is that the Champlain Park Community Association made a $500 donation to support the Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail. Our community association co-chair Lynne says:
One of our goals this year is to support the SJAM, an especially important resource for community exercise and recreation with the pandemic making outdoor physically distanced activities critical to a healthy winter.
In this photo from a snowy cold Wednesday morning on October 28th 2020 are Jeff Leiper (our city councillor), Dave Adams (SJAM Winter Trail), and Adrian Bradley (CPCA).
After the ceremony, we had a look at where the Pontiac curb would be cut (need a 10 foot wide space) with sloping sides to make room for the groomer to continue the ski trail onto the field. Previously we had a seasonal ramp made of wood chips.
Here’s the path going to Tunney’s Pasture through the woods, mostly paralleling the parkway road (though you usually can’t see it). It comes out near the Tunney’s Pasture parking lots so it could be convenient for skiers from away (or if you don’t want to take a car, the O-Train at Bayview has skiable public transit access).
The NCC had left a pile of wood chips from their dead tree forest cleanup (lots of ash trees died last winter). It will be spread out to fill in the holes and bumps on the trail. If you want to volunteer, that’s a task you could do. Late breaking news: thanks to volunteers Kris Philips and Adrian Bradley (CPCA) for spreading the wood chips so quickly. There are also positions open for snow scoop elves and other helpers. See http://www.wintertrail.ca/volunteer/ to get in contact with the trail people. Note that this little hill adds some extra variety for cross country skiers.
Looks like we’re calling this little hill the Tunney’s Hill. Now with wood chips.
Closer to the river is another pile of wood chips, again for smoothing lumpiness, this time for the Remic Winter Hill.
Here’s an update from Twitter, where volunteers have spread out the wood chips. Looking smooth!
Another shot of the slope, with wood chips by Kris and Adrian.
In case you are wondering where this hill is, it’s just west of the Remic Rapids parking lot and near the river path.
Here is the hill in winter. The idea is that small children will be able to use it a bit more safely than tobogganing down the sides of the parkway road.
In related news, it looks like the NCC may be opening the Remic Rapids Bistro for some of the winter season, which is expected to be busier than usual with the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging outdoor exercise.
In any event, the SJAM Winter Trail Fire Pit will be there.
And that’s all the winter trail news, until the snow flies!