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Waterford Heritage Trail Newsletter

Words from the Shadow Lake Committee Chair

January 2020

It’s been another enjoyable season at Shadow Lake this year. Most significantly we are happy to see the ever growing use of the park and trail. We are seeing people of all ages out there enjoying the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Be it on the trail, in the park, along the shores or on the water; doing so in all the ways we were hoping to promote.

This past summer we once again were able to welcome what has become an annual event; the dragon boat “race for the cure” fundraiser.

The Waterford Farmers Market was also in full swing every Wednesday through the summer months.

With strong support from local groups and Norfolk County we were able to install water and electrical service to the open, gathering area. These new facilities will greatly enhance the enjoyment of our site, especially for large group events.

On a slightly more whimsical note we installed a display of historical significance that featured antique weathervane operated vents that were recovered from the old factory building across the street. A sign telling the story accompanies the artifacts.

Speaking of signs. There is a commemoration of the fallen in two world wars. The plaque, listing all who gave their lives for our freedom, can be seen in the parkette near St James St S.  Another one is an interpretive sign drawing attention to the marvelous way nature has regenerated the rail lands all on its own. This can be found near the West Gap bridge.

Future plans still include acquiring a bridge to span the East Gap and paving the trail to the 7th Concession. Smaller, but just as significant, plans include planting indigenous trees and installing another dock. Our long term strategic plan includes a pavilion and permanent washroom facilities.

We are fortunate to have a very motivated group, dedicated to make things happen and to maintain what we have built to date. The county has really stepped up to maintain the parkland areas and is providing annual brush trimming along the trails.

As always, community support has been fantastic, with 15 different organizations plus numerous individuals providing financial and hands-on support.

Thank you very much; all committee members, maintenance volunteers and all our supporters. You all played a part that was crucial to our progress.

Andy Kooistra, Chair