The Tom Tigney trail has passed its final steps to become a multi-use trail and the Municipality of Shelburne will be removing barriers to now allow for ATV use on the much-loved passage.
By Amy Woolvett
A trail in Shelburne County is now a shared multi-use trail, enabling all terrain vehicles to connect between Shelburne County and Liverpool.
The Tom Tigney trail has passed the final step to become a multi-use trail and the Municipality of Shelburne will be removing barriers to now allow for ATV use on the much-loved passage.
Municipal Director of Recreation, Marilyn Johnston says the trail is one that has been used by the community for over 100 years.
When someone approached council about allowing the trail to include ATV use, the request had to go through the lengthy process of public meetings, approval from council and checking with neighbouring properties.
Johnston says the public meetings went off with no trouble.
“There wasn’t one voice of disapproval,” she says. “I think the community is ready for change.”
The next thing on the agenda is to remove the barriers on the trail to 65 inches apart, large enough for a recreational vehicle but too small for a car.
Signage will also be placed along the trail.
“The trail will be adopting the standard rules of trail use for any multiuse trail,” says Johnston.
There is a 25 kilometre speed limit and will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Many ATV enthusiasts will now be able to travel from Sable River all the way to Liverpool through connections on the trail.
“The trail is one truly active transportation connection,” says Johnston. “It connects the East and West Sable communities and now connects with Queens County. And the Tom Tigney is special…the view is just spectacular.”