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From July 14, Calgary Herald Advertorial By Gerald Vander Pyl
July 1 is fast approaching and organizers at the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation are counting down the days and the dollars needed to make the capital campaign in support of the Calgary to Cochrane (C TO C) Trail a success.
Canada Day is the deadline for the capital campaign supporting the construction of Bearspaw Trail. This is phase one of the C TO C Trail—the legacy trail system linking the City of Calgary to the border of the Park. Since its official kickoff on February 25, donations have poured in from families, individuals, businesses and organized groups to the sum of $90,000, to date.
Tara McFadden, Development Officer for the Foundation, says the group is close to reaching their goal. Construction of the 2.2-kilometre portion the trail should commence in the fall. When complete, the trail will connect Calgary and Cochrane through the spectacular parkland trails of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, along the north bank of the Bow River.
“We need to raise less than $10,000 by the end of June,” she says. “We now know it’s possible, and we’re seeing so many people giving for a number of reasons. They support the trail and they want to help make it happen. We’ve also got hiking, walking and seniors’ groups donating money because they plan on using the trail once it’s built. Then there are those who want to recognize family members and friends along the trail. It means something different to everybody, but they all share the same goal.”
The campaign is a multi-phase $7.5 million project that will link existing park trails and add new connections. The project is ambitious in scope, with the Bearspaw Trail as the first phase. The end goal is to have all trail connections complete for 2020. This will be an important part of the Trans Canada Trail network.
McFadden says there are still opportunities for supporters to make a donation to phase one, Bearspaw Trail, before its deadline, and they can do it creatively.
“There are lots of upcoming signature days and moments that are worth commemorating with a donation to the trail. There’s Father’s Day, where you can donate in your dad or grandfather’s name, or maybe as a convocation or graduation gift for a student, a birthday or anniversary, wedding gift, or even to celebrate your dedication to your country by making the donation for Canada Day.”
She adds that some of the most unique and heartfelt stories come from donors.
“We’ve heard from grandparents who donate in the names of their grandkids so they can be recognized along the trail. There are the little groups scrounging up $100 and $500 to dedicate in the name of their passions, and probably the most significant donation was made in honour of someone who has done a lot of trail work across the country.”
When finished, the C TO C Trail will provide opportunities for walking, hiking and biking. A railway crossing and a bridge over the Bow River will provide the final connection to Cochrane. But for now the immediate goal is raising the remaining $10,000 by July 1 to get the project started.
“After Canada Day, we’ll know if we have the required funding in place,” says McFadden. “Once we confirm funding we’ll be able to work with our partners to get the trail built this fall.”
McFadden says donations of more than $100 will receive permanent recognition along the Calgary to Cochrane Trail network, so people will become part of the project legacy. For more information and to make a donation to push the campaign over the top, visit ctoctrail.ca or call 403-851-9053.
Donate online at www.ctoctrail.ca