A new trail will be created in Valhalla that will go from the park in the community to their recreation centre.
The area has become a safety concern, with Highway 59 often used as an alternate route for walkers, and this will help to alleviate that.
“The kids right now, they walk up behind the school and the church and over towards the arena, and then they’ll head to the highway,” said Karen Rosvold, Councillor in the County of Grande Prairie. “This will give them an option to walk where they’re not on the highway. And it is a very busy Highway, so it’s very important to keep the kids off it.”
The 100-metre trail will be laid down this summer with gravel, with the intention of paving it at a later date. Seniors in the area are happy to hear the news as well.
“We have people there that do have health issues. They’ve been recommended to go on walks, but it’s so dangerous to do so there,” explained Dave Harden, Chairman of Valhalla Communities in Bloom. “We wanted to get some avenue that they could use to make that feasible for them.”
Harden adds this will help spruce up the hamlet for the annual Communities in Bloom contest that is coming up this summer.
Phase 1 of the trail has a $25,000 price tag.