New trail through Greenwich will connect Wolfville and New Minas

Published on July 29, 2014

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.