February 15, 2015-Mr. Scott Armstrong MP announced today the Federal Government’s funding support for building a further section of the Trans Canada Trail through the Town of Oxford, with a $130,000 grant. This funding is being provided through the National Trails Coalition as part of a national initiative to build Trail throughout the country, creating facilities for community recreation, promoting health and wellness and creating the infrastructure to enable tourism and economic development along the Trail.
This trail will extend the Oxford to Wallace rails to trails line to Main Street in the town of Oxford, including the crossing of the River Philip with a splendid signature structure. In due course, the Trail will further connect Oxford, the Trans Canada Trail and the rest of the Province to the New Brunswick border.
This first phase of the project will cost $400,000. It is a major undertaking. As well as the very significant support from the National Trails Coalition announced today by Mr Armstrong, the Oxford and Area Trails Association is very pleased to announce and recognize the ongoing support of the Town of Oxford and the Municipality of Cumberland County. Both Municipalities were represented at the announcement, and have confirmed their ongoing support for this local initiative.
Additionally, the Trails community has recognized the critical importance of the Oxford link to the Provincial trails network and to the Trans Canada Trail. Substantial funding has been received from the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, the Snowmobile Association of NS, the local Trails clubs and the OHV. Local fundraising has been ongoing. The balance of the required funds is already earmarked. The Trail and the River Philip bridge will be built in the summer of 2015.
Mr. Scott Armstrong, MP for the area, said “We are very pleased to be active supporters of Trail construction here in Oxford. This trail is a tangible example of the Federal Government working with communities and other levels of Government to create long lasting, legacy projects which can be enjoyed for many years to come. We support Trail, and we support it here in Cumberland County”.
On behalf of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and the Oxford & Area Trails Association (OATA), David Hoffman, President of OATA, said “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving this funding which will enable us to complete the River Philip bridge and this important section of the Trail. As well as creating a 5km loop around and through the Town of Oxford for local recreational use, it is a critical connection for the Trans Canada Trail on its way to completion in time for the 150 year celebration of Canada’s Confederation in 2017. This represents the culmination of over 20 years of hard work and planning to build a route through Oxford. It will be built this year, thanks to the funding groups and in particular the contribution from the Federal Government.”
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Scott Armstrong 902-893-2455
OATA – David Hoffman 902-664-2071