The multi-use trail system that stretches across Hastings County and beyond just got a big boost! More than $600,000 was announced to support the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance at a special ceremony in Tweed on Friday, June 19, 2015.
Local Member of Parliament Daryl Kramp presented the funding and proclaimed, “I am pleased to announce the funding project of $270,000 for our Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance through the federal National Trails Program. In addition, our CFDC’s of North and Central Hastings and Frontenac are investing $340,000 for marketing and trail development through our federal Eastern Ontario Development Program, for a total of $610,000. By investing in trail infrastructure, we are encouraging job creation, linking communities and increasing recreational opportunities. In working with our CFDCs, we have proven successes. Through this commitment we are ensuring that our communities right here, remain among the best in the world to live.”
David Gerow, Chair of the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance stated, “Our organization is extremely thrilled to be receiving this amount of funding from the federal government to match what dollars that have been raised locally through municipal governments such the Counties of Hastings, Lanark and Frontenac, the Municipalities of Tweed, Centre Hastings and Trent Hills, Town of Bancroft, the Townships of Marmora & Lake, Wollaston, Stirling – Rawdon, Havelock, Belmont & Methuen, Addington Highlands , Highlands East, ,North, Central & Frontenac, Carlow-Mayo and the user pay system”. Now that we have our new MTO regulation for ATV’s, ORV’s and side by sides, it’s only going to get better with the extra tourism dollars it will generate.”
For more information about the EOTA, visit www.thetrail.ca