York Urbanist

Temiskaming Shores Waterfront Walkway Project

This ongoing project links the amalgamated communities of Haileybury and New Liskeard in a linear park / activity trail which skirts the shore of Lake Temiskaming. The project is an integral part of the Municipality’s Community Health and Wellness Program and has become a key element in strategic planning for the community. The municipality of Temiskaming Shores received funding from the Ministry of Health Promotion for construction of the first phase of the project in 2007. Mark Inglis prepared design criteria and inspected construction of the entire project.

STATO (South Temiskaming Active Travel Organization) STATO’s mission statement is:

“To develop, manage, preserve and promote a system of integrated, year-round, Active Travels in South Temiskaming for non-motorized public use.”

A recent contact with Linda St. Cyr, a board member, indicates that Phase II has been completed and now the 18 km of the STATO trail is being used for the marathon to be held late October 2012.  She says that “Out of the 21.2km (full length of planned trail), approximately 18km will be on the STATO trail as the trail is complete from City Hall (in Haileybury) to the Pool & Fitness Centre (in New Liskeard)”.

I will add that there have been few trail groups who can make the same claim as STATO.  In five years, they have achieved what few have – raise funds sufficient to see a dream come true.  See their website: http://www.stato.ca/.

The picture to the left shows the bold move to have on-street lanes.  Although Highway 11′s speed has been reduced, cars still move quickly.  The more pedestrian and cycling traffic, the more drivers will slow.

The photo above is the Haileybury waterfront trail in 2008, keeping users close to the water where they want to be.  The glory of the entire trail is that the lake is within view for 95% of the route.  New Liskeard is the site of an annual Motorcycle Riders Reunion event.  Now there is competition from the bicyclists.  Congratulations, STATO!