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Frontenac K&P Trail Opening
Phase 1 of the Frontenac K&P Trail – from Orser Road to Harrowsmith – will officially open with a relay of user groups on Friday, August 31.
The relay will begin at 10 a.m. at Orser Road, the K&P’s southern most point in Frontenac County. A horseback rider will carry a railway spike from Orser Road to Murton Road. From there, a cyclist will continue the relay to the Millhaven Creek Bridge where a runner will take over, carrying the spike to the junction of the Frontenac K&P and Cataraqui Trails.
If you wish to take part in this historic event, please arrive at the junction of the Frontenac K&P Trail and Road 38 at 10:30 a.m. and join our group of walkers in completing the last leg of the relay, carrying the railway spike from the trail junction to Road 38.
At approximately 11 a.m., during the ceremony following the relay, Janet Gutowski, Warden of the County of Frontenac, will announce the official opening of the trail. Local refreshments will be provided.
“We have talked about opening the K&P for a long time, so I am very excited to cut the ribbon on the 31st. The recent surfacing work has created a beautiful trail that will serve as a safe recreational space and long-term economic driver for the County of Frontenac. I hope to see lots of people at the opening – it’s not every day we get to be part of something that has a 140 year history,” says Janet Gutowski, Warden of the County of Frontenac.
The County of Frontenac’s development of the K&P Trail has been a five-year process that began with major land acquisitions in 2007. In 2009, a Trails Master Plan and Frontenac K&P Trail Implementation Plan were approved by County Council. Annually since 2009, Trail Network Development has been identified as a priority project through the County’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process. To this point, the development of the Frontenac K&P Trail has been made possible by provincial funding through the Investing in Ontario Program. Over the next few years, the county will continue to work towards opening the K&P to Sharbot Lake and developing other trails throughout the Frontenacs.