Supporting Healthy Living and Culture along Collingwood’s Waterfront

June 21st, 2017

Collingwood, ON [21 June 2017] – What better way to celebrate and promote healthy living and culture then open a new scenic trail along the waterfront, with uniquely designed Public Art bike racks  and new water bottle refill station to quench your thirst while out for a peddle or walk.

Heritage Drive Trail stretching out to Millennium Park and outdoor water bottle refill station at Sunset Point are two new features along Collingwood’s waterfront. Now you can hydrate and enjoy a continuous, safe journey along the waterfront trail system.

The water-bottle refill station is connected to a Public Art bench installation that celebrates water and the importance of protecting this valuable resource. The station and bench were funded by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge project serving as another great effort to promote community health and wellness in Collingwood.

Heritage Drive Trail is a continuation of the commemorative sidewalk along the Eastern side of the Harbour Spit. It features five Public Art bicycle racks along the trail and has successfully separated cycle and pedestrian traffic from automobiles as you travel to Millennium Park. This project was co-funded by the Town of Collingwood, the County of Simcoe, and the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (MTO).

“These projects enhance the environment, supporting recreation and wellbeing while at the same time showcase local art and culture” said Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture.

The new water bottle refill station and Heritage Way bike trail are yet another great way to celebrate Bike Month in Collingwood.  Bike Month kicked off on May 29th with Collingwood Council members spinning the Healthy Kids Community Challenge smoothie bike. This month has featured several events in the community including bicycle safety training in the schools, bike lights at Movies on the Bay and a new Bike Valet area at the Farmers Market.  Three new bike racks, made possible by funding from Ontario By Bike, are available every day, with the Bike Valet service operating 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

On July 1 celebrate Canada 150 and cycling by joining the Optimist Bike Parade, which will head north into Downtown Collingwood starting from Hurontario and Hume Street at 10:00 a.m.

“This is a great opportunity for our community to get active and take in the amazing waterfront views and experience a little art & culture along the way,” said Mayor Cooper.

For more information, contact: Communications Officer, Christa Carter, 705-445-1030 Ext. 3293

Director, Parks, Recreation & Culture, Dean Collver, 705-444-2500 Ext. 3238

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