News Flash - Summer 2012 - Trail now continuous from City of Kingston to Harrowsmith
Official Opening of Frontenac K&P Trail: Phase 1 - August 31, 2012
Trails are hallmarks of livable communities and of cities that are built on a human scale. Despite its scenic location, Kingston has had very few dedicated off-road trails until now, and those it had were short and did not connect with other trail systems. However, there are 14 kilometers of unused railbed in the rural areas of Kingston and another 7 km within the old city limits of Kingston, parts of which have now been transformed into a viable multi-use pathway capable of supporting cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and equestrian activities.
Nick-named by locals as the "Kick and Push", the K&P Railroad has been abandoned for years, but offers the opportunity to provide a trail extending from Kingston to Harrowsmith and then to Tichborne, potentially reaching as far north as Sharbot Lake. At Harrowsmith, the trail now connects with the existing Cataraqui Trail, a part of the Trans-Canada Trail network. The K&P right-of-way (ROW), previously owned by Bell Canada, has now been partly acquired by the city of Kingston (rural area) and Frontenac County has acquired much of the rest of the ROW south of Tichborne.
To promote the public acquisition of the K&P right-of-way (ROW) from Kingston to Harrowsmith and to promote a future acquisition of the ROW to Sharbot Lake
To promote the development of the K&P right-of-way into a non-motorized, multi-use (cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian) pathway in the Kingston area and northward.
To promote the use and maintenance of trails as a recreational and transportation alternative.
NOTE: The K&P Trail Group neither owns nor maintains the K&P Trail. Our role is to advocate for the preservation of this public heritage such that all residents of the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac and visitors to the area may benefit from its presence.
NOTE: Motorized vehicles (except for local farm vehicles) are not allowed on the city portion of the trail
August 31, 2012 - starting at 10:30am
Road 38 & K&P Trail, Harrowsmith
Following the relay, Janet Gutowski, Warden of the County of Frontenac will announce the official opening of the trail.
Local refreshments will be provided. For more details, email email@example.com
It is now possible to walk or cycle all the way from Kingston to Harrowsmith on the K&P. The surface for the full distance is stone dust, a fine ground stone that is easy to walk or cycle on. The County improvements add an additional 8 km to the trail (starting from Orser Rd, the terminus of the City portion of the trail), for a total of about 23km. Use of the trail is strictly at the user's own risk.
(L) Rock cut on new County portion of trail (R) New bridge over Millhaven Creek
(L) connection to Scanlon Rd is down a short but steep incline (R) culvert under trail with date
City of Kingston completes bridge across Little Cataraqui Creek and extends trail to trailhead on Binnington Court (at Dalton)
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