After observing flora and fauna along the trail, Ms. Johnson's grade 4 students at Jack Callaghan P.S. created a mural. Wade and Emily, standing in front of the mural, explained the process. They used markers to colour, cut out their creations (Wade seemed particularly proud of his poison ivy) then glued onto mural paper. The mural is posted along a hallway, to encourage other classes to continue to use the Trail
Principal Kathy Spaeth tells us that the school has been using the trail for cross-country running training and a number of classes have been out exploring the trail.
With the Official Opening just a week away, the Trail surface in fine shape, and some signage in place, the Operations Committee, under the direction of Jim Paterson, continues to make improvements. Jim sent in this report:
This next phase includes the placement of rocks adjacent to each of the sets of bollards at various intersection locations between Lindsay and Omemee. This will further restrict access to the trail by motorized vehicles such as ATV’s. In addition, there are existing drainage problems on each side of the section of the trail just east of the Slanted Road. We are having some ditching work done on this section and also having a culvert installed to move the water away from this area of the trail. Once the ditching and culvert work is done we will have the trail re-graded.
You can check out photos taken by Bill Elliott in a gallery. One photo shows the old bridge just west of the hamlet of Reaboro. This bridge did not have any decking on it and was recently covered by our KTCT volunteer from Reaboro, Denis Grignon. Thanks Denis!
No fewer than four elementary schools have schoolyards adjacent to the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.
On August 28th, staff at three of these schools were presented with a set of ten lesson plans. These lessons, intended for grade 4-6 classes and linked to Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations, were commissioned by the Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.
In the photo you see Green Trails Directors Ellen Woodward and Marg Fevang turning over the binder and a knapsack packed with field guides, magnifiers, and bug boxes to Jack Callaghan principal Kathy Spaeth.
The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Alliance has been able to arrange assistance from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' Stewardship Rangers Program to do trail maintenance on Monday, July 28th, and Tuesday, July 29th, along the section of the Trans Canada Trail from the Pigeon River bridge in Omemee eastwards towards Fowler's Corners. They will be picking up litter and removing brush that overhangs the trail.