July 17, 2015 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) confirms the last phase of construction on the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville is complete and open for public use on Saturday, July 18. The west link is the final section of the 10-year Island Lake Community Trails Campaign that provides an accessible trail around the perimeter of the lake.
“This final section of the trail system at Island Lake is very important, not only for the park but for local residents,” said Bill Lidster, Operations Manager for the north zone at CVC. “Completion of the west link now connects the park to the surrounding community. It gives local citizens and all visitors an outdoor hiking experience that is second to none.”
The Island Lake Community Trail Campaign has been driven by the overwhelming support and commitment of the Friends of Island Lake, formed in 2005 by local residents and community members under the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF). The group was formed to enhance community involvement and awareness of the need to expand the trail system at Island Lake Conservation Area. Over the past 10 years, the Friends of Island Lake have worked tirelessly to raise more than $2 million in donations of cash and in-kind labour and materials. They have contributed more than 12,000 volunteer hours to the project.
The west link of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail, located between entrances at 4th Avenue and the Hockley Road, completes the 10-kilometre trail system at Island Lake Conservation Area. The trail was designed with accessibility in mind and can be used for walking and cycling around the perimeter of the lake. The trail includes five boardwalks: three water crossings and two land crossings on islands that connect the existing north and south shore trails.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our volunteer members of the Friends of Island Lake we have accomplished something very special,” said Jim Muscat, Chair of the CVCF. “The perimeter lake trail has become a connector. It has brought the community together, joined one municipality to another and established strong local partnerships. It has done this while building a trail expansion that will be enjoyed by the community today and for generations. We are grateful for all the hard work and determination of everyone involved.”
The public is reminded to stay safe while using the trail system at Island Lake Conservation Area. Users must stay on the trails at all times. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians on bridges and boardwalks. No fishing, jumping or swimming is permitted from any bridges. Fishing is only permitted on the south section of the trail between the gatehouse and the south side of Bob’s Bridges. Trail use is permitted during daylight hours only. Visitors can access the trail through sanctioned entrances located at 4th Avenue, Hockley Road, and Hurontario Street north and south.
An official celebration of the Close the Gap Trail Campaign and the completion of the lakeside trail is planned for August 28, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.cvcfoundation.ca/campaigns/featured-projects/island-lake-community-trails-campaign/
Map of Vicki Barron Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area