RELEASE — The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) is pleased to announce the creation of a new community-driven organization for users and supporters of the Cataraqui Trail seeking a way to enhance their enjoyment and take a more active role in the activities related to this very popular outdoor recreation property.
The Friends of the Cataraqui Trail (FCT) was created to help advocate for the ongoing sustainability, stewardship, public use and promotion of the Cataraqui Trail. The Friends group will also assist the trail’s owners, CRCA, by serving as a volunteer workforce for light maintenance, as well as to monitor and report trail hazards, damage and maintenance issues.
The inaugural meeting for the Friends of the Cataraqui Trail will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Sydenham Branch of the Kingston-Frontenac Public Library, 4412 Wheatley St. in Sydenham.
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Members of the public are welcome to attend and are encouraged to join the FCT. Anyone who pays membership dues is considered to be a member, and there will be no limit on the number of members. The first-ever Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organization will also take place, which will involve the election of offices and other administrative business.
The Cataraqui Trail is a year-round, shared-use recreation trail running 104 kilometres from Smiths Falls in the east to Strathcona (just outside Greater Napanee) in the west. Originally part of a railway line built in 1879, ownership of the trail was transferred to the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority in 1998. The Cataraqui Trail has become a popular, and well-used destination or cyclists, hikers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, bird watchers and general nature enthusiasts.
The Friends of the Cataraqui Trail are committed to representing the interests of all users as well as the communities through which the trail traverses.