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May 26, 2013 - TRAILS OPEN
- 2 Guided Kincardine Trail Walks on Sunday, as part
of the Doors Open program
- Participants were advised
to bring the following to better enjoy the day: Water,
Hiking Shoes, Appropriate Attire (dress in layers to
-Trail Difficulty Levels
Range from 1-4 (with 1 being the lowest level of difficulty)
March 2013 -
Kincardine Trails Moving Forward
To see our PowerPoint presentation to
Kincardine council click
(.pdf file )
Dec. 22, 2012 -
All in all it's been a
great 'feel good' year on the Kincardine trails system! Great namely
many outstanding projects came to fruition,
NEW volunteers joined the group,
a long awaited NEW permanent bridge has been installed that
enables the trails to be a truly 4 season system,
Council, local businesses and individuals supplied the funds and
access for the permanent bridge project to move forward
the Public Works Dept was once again a HUGE help,
a NEW stone dust trail was installed in Helliwell Park offering an
new entrance/exit to the Red Trail,
a NEW private landowner agreement (NLE) was signed that will in
effect add another 6-7 kms (including linkage to the DC) to the
NEW bridges have been installed and trail development is nearing
completion on the NLE trail,
upgrades (by volunteers) to the Blue and Green Trails,
planning has FINALLY begun on the Phase II Kincardine to
Inverhuron trail link (meeting w the County in Jan),
Savage Brothers Tree Service business has offered their assistance
Council's continued support for the development of municipal
recognition in the recently adopted Sustainability Plan that the
Phase II project would be an 'early win' for the municipality,
others that I may have forget to note
2013 is looking to be yet another busy year with work on:
potential extension to the Red Trail,
Phase II work with County and Municipal staff,
seeking out sources and applying for Phase II funding,
marking, mapping and signing and the NLE trail,
Connecting the NLE trail to the Blue (DC) Trail
other matters that will arise
I would be remiss not to give a HUGE shout out to my right hand trails
partner of the past several years - Trails Manager Al Jamieson.
Al is a founding KTA member and has now shifted positions to the
Equipment Manager portfolio. The KTA now has some BIG shoes to
fill in the Trails Manager position. Al has been an
indispensible asset to myself and the trials organization. One
could not likely imagine how much time is spent working on trails that
is not the physical type. We do it because we enjoy it and take
pride in the achievements that come along as a result of the time and
effort put forth. Excellent effort Al, be proud of your valuable
contributions and hope you enjoy the promotion!
Finally, many thanks to you, the KTA Committee and volunteers who
stepped forward to make a difference in our community, well done!!
Kincardine Trails Association
Oct 21, 2012 - The Grand
Opening of the South Penetangore Bridge
August 20, 2012 - New Green Trail Steps.
For those of you that have entered the trail
system of the north end of Fraser Drive you will have noted that it
you immediately turn left/west that there is a steep slope down to the
lower Green Trail. Not any more thanks to the efforts of Jamie
Hunsburger and Lloyd Phillips as they have installed a set of steps
from top to bottom! I had some visitors form Alberta out on the
trails yesterday and made a point of taking them to view the new
stairway and must comment that they look EXCELLENT and they will no
doubt be much safer to use, especially after a rain.
April 24, 2012 -
Thanks to the many hands that helped out today (including a gang
from the Public Works department) the Red-Green trails connector
bridge has been re-installed. Just in time two as two young ladies did
the (re?)inaugural crossing about 10 minutes after it was completed!
April 24, 2012 -
Brad and KTA members.
It's great that the bridge
will be re-established so quickly.
I took about a dozen of my
relatives, young and old, for a hike down to this river crossing at
Easter before the bridge went in. They were impressed to see the
suckers and mullets in the river. They were also impressed how they
could get there with the walking paths and ease of getting through the
It was great to have the Kincardine Trails from
the Hunter Ridge subdivision so that my father's siblings and their
family could experience the nature that the Penetangore River valleys
right in the town of Kincardine has to offer.
The walk was much
better than a post-Easter meal mid-afternoon nap. (my Uncles are prone
Most of my relatives don't have nature trails like
these easily available where they live. One of my uncles asked if we
were still in town limits or in the country.
Keep up the great
work; the Hedley family was really impressed with the outer reaches of
the trail system by Hunter Street.
April 22, 2012 - The Red-Green Connector Bridge.
The entire structure of the subject bridge was
tipped over on its side sometime this Sunday pm. The local newspapers
were advised prior to their weekly deadline and I am about to report
it to the OPP. Anyone hearing of any information as to who might be
involved in this act of vandalism should contact myself or the
There is a need to secure young healthy backs to assist in putting it
back into place, if you know of anyone willing to help out pls have
them contact me directly.
This latest occurrence is unsettling
to both the volunteers who installed the bridge just last week and the
many trail users that count on it for exploring the municipal trail
system. Having said that we will not be deterred! - Brad Kirkconnell
April 18, 2012 - The Red-Green Connector Bridge
was installed for the season by Kincardine Trails volunteers,
Brian Rhody, Al Jamieson, Bill MacTavish. Lloyd Phillips, Norm
Gauthier, Bob Urie, Lorne Seal and Brad Kirkconnell.
was built in 10 foot sections by volunteers so that it can be
disassembled and removed and installed each season. It takes 8 people
to lift a
section. We are always looking for a strong back in the spring
and fall. If you are interested please contact
Brad Kirkconnell –
21, 2011 - Agreement
gives KTA access to river property. The Kincardine
Trails Association hopes to find more land owners like Wib and
May 12, 2011
The Blue Trail (Davidson Centre)
was attended to by volunteers this week and is now in good shape save
and except on seasonal wet area that should dry up in the next few
days. A new riverside trail will need to be developed leading off the
"DC Flats" area as there has been significant riverbank erosion. The
new trail will be marked out in the next few days and then worked on
as time permits
July 6, 2010 Adelaide St. Trails Bridge & Red-Green
It's taken 2+ years to come up with the funds but thanks to the
generous sponsors and the municipality the long awaited installation
of the Adelaide St Bridge is in the making! The footings
were poured today, the weirs are going in on Thursday and the bridge
structure and related work will happen early next week. I'll
keep you posted on the timing of the bridge placement so you can
attend if possible. An official 'bridge opening' ceremony will
be scheduled in the near future.
On another bridge related matter - after being washed out by high
waters for the second time this year the Red-Green Connector Bridge
was re-installed again this morning. Many thanks to the
volunteers who put this important trail link back in place!
June 15 , 2010
Many thanks to the
gang that was out yesterday (Tues) that fished the Red-Green connector
bridge out of the river, repaired it and then put it back in place.
We all know this is a much used link in the KTA system so it's great
to have it functional again.
June, 2010 Adelaide St. Trails Bridge
users will have noted the missing bridge on the Adelaide St road
allowance, between Kincardine and Bruce Aves. The bridge that was
initially in place there was of a temporary nature and was
unfortunately washed down stream twice over the past 3 years. In the
spring of 2009 it was damaged beyond repair.
It has been the
plan all along to replace this temporary structure with a permanent
one. The Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) has been working with the
Municipality, an engineering firm and SVCA over the past two years in
an effort to wrap up all the details required for the installation of
a permanent structure.
The update on this project is that all
of the engineering work and approvals have been completed. The actual
bridge structure has been built and is in storage. We now await
funding for the rest of the items required to put it in place (i.e.
excavation, weirs, craning, etc) at an approximate cost of $20,000.
The KTA was hoping this amount would have been made available in the
2010 municipal Capital Budget but with all the cuts that had to be
made to reduce the tax increase this item was one that was not funded.
The KTA also depends on generous donors to help with the
improvements and extensions of the trail system and we are happy to
report that $10,500 in donations has been received towards the
Adelaide St. bridge project.
The KTA will continue to
fundraise and work with the Municipality in an effort to have this
bridge put in place in 2010. Any financial assistance you, your
business or your family could contribute would help in offering the
youth of Kincardine a safe route to the Legion Ballpark, municipal
soccer fields and other area trails.
As a final note the KTA
would like to offer their gratitude to the neighbouring Small and
Catto families who have volunteered their time and equipment over the
years for maintaining the trail approaches to the Adelaide St bridge.
The municipality continues to be a great advocate of trail development
but at the same time the KTA also depends on volunteers to maintain
current trails and assist in developing new ones. To volunteer go to
kincardinetrails.net or call Brad at 396-8028.
June 6, 2010
connector bridge was damaged in the last storm and will be unavailable
until the water recedes and repairs are made.
note dated June 15, 2010
- May 17, 2010 The
trail at the
Centre was cleaned up today. Work included removing fallen trees,
relocating a section due to a wash-out and a general raking. A trail
friend has adopted this section of trail for 2010 and will inform the
KTA if there is any work required on it.
Assistance will be
required to level mulch on the lower section of the Red Trail at
Geddes Park. Once the municipality has dumped mulch along the trail we
will notify you of the date and time that the spreading of the mulch
7, 2010 Society of Engineering Professionals donating
$3500 to KTA
- April 27, 2010
Slope Work: A gang was out today to clear the slope
immediately south of the Scott St pumphouse down to the S. Penetangore
River. The north slope was cleared last fall. There is now a nice
sight line from either hillside to view the bridge once it is in
place. The KTA may build a viewing platform on the top side of the
south slope once the area has been cleared of landscaping trash that
has been deposited there.
Geddes Park: was
also cleared of fallen trees today. The mulch on the lower trail will
need to be replaced this year. Volunteers will be required to level
piles of mulch around.
S. Penetangore bridge:
work will not happen this year unless a significant donor comes along
as the required funds did not make the final cut during the 2010
municipal budget deliberations. For the first time NO Capital funds
are available for the KTA this year but there are still hopes that we
will find enough funds to install the Adelaide bridge (between
Kincardine & Bruce Avenues).
Blue Trail: Work
is need on the Blue Trail adjacent to the Davidson Centre (DC). Work
consists of clearing of debris, some chainsaw work, lining some trails
with fallen tress for demarcation and widening trail that have been
washed out. If you're interested in helping out pls let me know your
availability (i.e. week days, weekends only, etc)
signage will be installed in several places like the DC and
trail access points
Trail Inspection: As of
this year all trails under the KTA must be inspected annually and any
deficiencies noted and reported to the municipality.
Trail marking: most to all of the current KTA trails require
their trail markings to be renewed. Some trails have not been marked
to date so they also need to be done in 2010. The current markings
consist of a painted triangle on trees etc. Markings going forward
will be a simple paint swatch (stroke of a brush). This something that
a volunteer could do on their own so let me know if you'd like a brush
and a can of paint to help really dress up your trail system.
Trail Adoption: If you adopted a section of trail
last year and are willing to continue pls let me know by return email.
If you would like to adopt a section let me know your preference by
return email. To clarify, adopting consists being the 'voice/face' of
the KTA on the trail + clearing small debris and advising the KTA of
any other deficiency that requires the use of equipment.
Grand Opening of the new permanent
North Penetangore Bridge
Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band leading to the opening
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Brad Kirkconnell and Mayor Larry Kraemer - KSPB crossing the bridge
Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band and Blinky - Mayor Kraemer
and some of the bridge donors
here for a 30 second (4.2 Mb) movie of
the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band
leading visitors over the new bridge.