New trail through Greenwich will connect Wolfville and New Minas

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A new active transportation trail will soon be constructed in Greenwich.

Kings County council announced plans July 29 to construct a trail between Cherry Lane in Wolfville and Lockhart Ryan Park in New Minas. A long-term lease has been secured from The Windsor & Hantsport Railway Company in order to construct the trail.

“This project is another example of a successful partnership that will benefit the residents of Kings County,” said Warden Diana Brothers. “Providing active transportation infrastructure for our citizens will help them incorporate physical activity into their daily lives and help create a healthier community.”

Greenwich Pathways Society President Beth Patillo said Kings County residents are eager to see this project move forward.

“The Greenwich community has been advocating for this trail for a long time,” she added. “Our board of directors is very pleased to be collaborating with the Municipality of Kings to make the trail become a reality. What a wonderful gift to the community.”

The trail is part of the Annapolis Valley Trail initiative and will provide connectivity along the rail corridor all the way from Wolfville to Middleton. 

Funding for the project comes from the Municipality of the County of Kings, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, the Town of Wolfville and the Kieran Pathways Society.  

“This section of the rail trail will be such a welcomed addition to Wolfville,” said Wolfville Mayor Jeff Cantwell.  “We are happy to work with our municipal partners on this Kings County led initiative.  This is a key component of Wolfville’s Active Transportation system and Physical Activity Strategy.”

Bob Schmidt, president and owner of The Windsor & Hantsport Railway, said he’s pleased to participate in this partnership. 

“We have always been very supportive of this 'rails with trails' concept and would love to see it extend to Halifax via Windsor Junction,” he added.

Organizations: Kings County council, The Windsor Hantsport Railway Company, Nova Scotia Department of Energy Kieran Pathways Society Active Transportation Bob Schmidt Hantsport Railway

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Greenwich New Minas Greenwood Cherry Lane Lockhart Ryan Park Halifax Windsor Junction

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Recent comments

  • Pauline Raven
    July 25, 2015 - 16:40

    The cost/affordability of this trail is a big issue not mentioned in this article... It was recently tendered by the county hoping for an affordable result. Now, Kings County councillors have just learned that the two bids received were much higher than anticipated. Likely higher than anticipated because there are many gullies and waterways along the way. Howard Little came in at $403,00.00 and Mid Valley Construction at $330,500.00. Blue Route (Bicycle NS) has been approached for a grant to help cover the shortfall ($147,875.00). BTW the two bids are not for a paved trail but paving has been requested by bikers. Right now it appears the money isn't there to proceed with construction. This is becoming an expensive few kilometers of trail! The 20-year lease is now in year 2 at a cost of $10,609 per annum. By year 20 the annual cost will be approximately $17,500 (annual cost escalates by 3% each year as a condition of the lease). By my estimates, the total leasing expenditure from Kings County over the 20 years will be just under $269,000. I don't know of any other municipality bearing such costs for such a short trail. In other places, especially when costs are so high, alternate routes are explored. For example, the trail could have been redirected to the Greenwich sidewalks and taken tourists and residents past the many farm markets located in this part of the county. If the cost of this trail is worth it, and it very likely could be, then perhaps the construction and annual costs should be shared among all Kings County municipalities and/or gas tax money. That money is virtually all directed to villages, could be used to build this trail. Pretty soon we will be approached again by Grand Pre citizens wanting Grand Pre to be connected to Wolfville. A great idea --- but one that creates the need for a long term lease with the same individual. Folks, this is getting EXPENSIVE, we need to be having a serious talk with the citizens of Kings County about how much they want to pay and/or how else this can be paid for.

  • Bryce Johnstone
    July 30, 2014 - 13:22

    Congratulations on the new trail. I hope what ever agency overseas it can have a better handle of the enforcement side of things unlike the one through Waterville by my residence, where the ATV's are out of control to say the least.

  • Bryce Johnstone
    July 30, 2014 - 13:21

    Congratulations on the new trail. I hope what ever agency overseas it can have a better handle of the enforcement side of things unlike the one through Waterville by my residence, where the ATV's are out of control to say the least.

  • Ian Lemmon
    July 29, 2014 - 10:56

    Very excited to see this happen. Curious that the plans were announced but were there any indications of the time frame to make it happen?

    • Steve Raftery, Active Living Coordinator, Municipality of the County of Kings
      July 30, 2014 - 08:17

      Work has already begun on clearing trees and brush along the trail. The detailed construction plans and specifications will be developed over the next few weeks. Tenders for construction of the trail are expected to be issued before the end of the summer, so that construction can begin in the fall.