The first step in this proposal would be to bring the single-track/off road biking community in to engage them discussions on creating, planning, designing and ultimately helping to construct and maintain the facility. The trail and site features are expected to evolve and change, over time with the ongoing support from trail users. The project includes many benefits to the town. The new cycling facility provides an additional tourist attraction in Amherstburg, enhancing Holiday Beach as a destination along County Road 50, which is part of the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS). Many of these cyclists would likely continue along the CWATS trails to Explore the Shore, enjoy local wineries, bed and breakfasts, and other attractions en route. As well, this project adds wetlands and green space to the region and provides a significant community engagement opportunity.
Project goals and objectives:
Public interest in cycling as a form of recreation and healthy living is continuing to grow. Investments in cycling infrastructure in the Essex Region have exploded in the past few years. The Amherstburg Community Connection proposal has a value-added proposition which includes environmental restorations and enhancements. In a region where merely 8.5% of our land base is in a natural state, while 12% is declared the minimum standard for sustainability, the importance of wetland creation and greening efforts included in this proposal are important to improve habitat values in our region, expand natural areas coverage, improve air and water quality and combat climate change by meeting the following goals and objectives:
- Create an off-road, single track cycling facility adjacent to Holiday Beach Conservation Area in Amherstburg.
- Create a restored wetland to enhance water quality, combat flooding and climate change, and improve water quality.
- Undertake greening and restoration along the trail.