Blues skies and sunshine welcomed celebrants at the official opening of 3 new recreational projects involving the GBCTA in West Bragg Creek. They are the linking of the “Great Trail” formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail from the Hamlet of Bragg Creek into Kananaskis Country. Also celebrated was the new Watershed Heritage Interpretive Trail combined with the major facelift to the trailhead infrastructure which adds more parking, improved signage and and washrooms. The GBCTA now has a new maintenance compound and 2 buildings where their trail maintenance operations will be based, giving the GBCTA a permanent presence in the area.
Speakers included MLA Cam Westhead who presented plaques of appreciation to the GBCTA for their work building trails that he said were critical for the economic vitality of the region. Also acknowledged was GBCTA volunteer Alf Skrastins, whose assistance in project management of the new facility zone was key to the success of the project.
Representatives from Trans Canada Trail, Alberta Trail Net, Elbow River Watershed Partnership, and Rocky View Country also spoke of the significant impacts these new recreational amenities will have on the area. A common theme throughout the ceremony was the acknowledgment of the GBCTA vision for Bragg Creek and the collaboration that was required to make these projects a reality.
GBCTA President, Conrad Schiebel thanked all stakeholders involved with these projects and acknowledged the spirit and dedication of his volunteer group who have made such a huge contribution to the quality of life of Albertans. He reiterated the importance of developing connectivity within the community through trail networks and how this will help Bragg Creek establish itself as a true “Trailhead Community”.
Festivities finished off with the official ribbon cutting, cake and refreshments and tours of the new facilities and interpretive trail. Many thanks from the GBCTA to all who came out to help make this occasion special.
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