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Bridging a gap along Waterford trail

Andy Kooistra of Waterford, chair of the Shadow Lake Group

Fundraiser will complete popular Waterford walkway

By Alex Hunt • Simcoe Reformer, Jun 01, 2021


Waterford trail gets bike repair station

Waterford trail team installing the bike station

By Ashley Taylor • Simcoe Reformer, Aug 04, 2020


Waterford group makes bid for Langton bridge

By Monte Sonnenberg • Simcoe Reformer, Aug 27, 2018


Waterford Heritage Trail wins ‘Prettiest trail in Norfolk’!

MyFM Spirit of Norfolk Awards

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COVID-19 Updates

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Waterford Heritage Trail Newsletter


Words from the Shadow Lake Committee Chair

January 2021

It’s been a memorable season at Shadow Lake this past year. January and February saw the in town trail get a lot of use as the snow was cleared by a dedicated group of volunteers lead by Dave Lapierre and his ATV Plow. Then Covid struck!

For significant part of the spring the trail was off limits to users. Our annual spring work day was canceled and even as the most restrictive pandemic regulations were lifted many of our normal activities were curtailed or canceled. Our maintenance volunteers were restricted in their activities at first and it was well into summer before some of the chores were attended to.

The normal activities that would have unfolded during the summer season didn’t happen. The Farmers Market did not open, The Dragon Boat races were canceled, and Paddleboard rentals were not initiated until late in the summer when Doug Gatward founded Waterford Paddle Sports. Users became accustomed to maintaining a 2 meter distance from those not in their “bubble” while walking or cycling the trail, launching their watercraft or fishing from the shore. It was a time when having the facilities to get out and enjoy the outdoors was more appreciated than ever.

Our committee still managed to meet through the summer by gathering outdoors while maintaining physical distancing, and later in the fall, with online ZOOM meetings. We installed Fishing Line Collection Stations at four locations and purchased the components for another dock to be assembled by volunteers and installed in the spring.

Future plans still include acquiring a bridge to span the East Gap and paving the trail to the 7th concession. The hope of acquiring a used Bailey bridge from the county fell through.Smaller, but just as significant, plans include planting indigenous trees and improving and expanding the Fitness Trail west of the Black Bridge. 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

 

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