Bridge the Gap Campaign

October 2, 2021: Thank you—we did it!

Bridge the gap team

From left to right, Frank Woodcock, Katherine McCurdy-Lapierre and Andy Kooistra—three of the Bridge the Gap fundraising campaign members—celebrate reaching the goal.

The campaign received more than 100 donations over the course of three and a half months. The amount raised for a new pedestrian bridge was in excess of $124,000. The committee thanks the residents of Waterford and those beyond for their enthusiastic support. Way to Go Waterford!

The new bridge will create:

  • a complete loop along the banks of Shadow Lake
  • a longer trail for walking, biking and running
  • scenery for our community to enjoy
  • a fully accessible experience for all users of the Shadow Lake Trail!

Read more news about the bridge install. 

October 27, 2021: Thank you to Rotary and Sun Life Insurance

Andy Kooistra met with representatives of Rotary and Sun Life Insurance to acknowledge a gift presented this summer in support of the Bridge the Gap campaign.

Rotary and Sun Life Insurance

On the left is Sun Life representative Brent McKay, McKay Insurance. Brent received corporate recognition for his many and varied professional and community achievements and was consequently given the honour of choosing charities that would receive support from the fund that accompanied his award.

Brent chose to make a contribution to The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise with the intention that the funds would be passed on to the Bridge the Gap project. On hand was Louise Schebesch, President of Sunrise Rotary, to congratulate Brent and thank him and Sun Life for the support.

The Shadow Lake Group sincerely thanks Brent, SunLife and Rotary Norfolk Sunrise for helping bring our goal to fruition.

Waterford’s rail history

During the golden age of rail in the first decades of the 20th century, Waterford was the junction point of three railroads. An intricate intersection of switches and track alignments allowed trains to transfer from one rail line to another to head in a different direction. Trains could even be turned around to travel the opposite direction on the same line.

Viewed from the north, the intersection appears as a “Y” shape with bridges on both arms spanning the Waterford Ponds. These bridges were removed in the 1990s when the rail beds were dismantled.

The “East Gap” as it became known, requires a bridge to complete the Shadow Lake Trail loop.

Y intersection

Above: a steam train approaches from the north heading towards the “East Gap” bridge to the right of the photograph. Note the lack of vegetation between the arms of the “Y” in this undated photograph.

Steam train crossing east bridge in Waterford

Above: a steam train crosses the “East Gap” bridge in this undated photograph. Note how the vegetation has changed.

Map of historic Waterford rail lines

Above: this undated hand-drawn depiction of the Waterford junction shows the location and number of tracks and sidings, structures and some geographic features. Note: North is to the right.