BIBLE HILL – Village of Bible Hill officials hope to find out next week whether or not a popular walking trail can be extended.
The village has sent a request to the province to extend an existing 1.5 km walking trail that begins at Katrina and Hazel drive, along Pictou Road, and ends at Village Court. If approved, the trail would see an expansion of the path from Village Court to Hillvale Drive, about 600 metres. The intention is to connect areas of the Cobequid Trail so they have a constant flow.
Village chairman Tom Burke told the Truro Daily News feedback “looks very positive” and an answer should be forthcoming “within a week or so.”
The extension is one of many projects the village has outlined in a five-year capital construction plan. It’s estimated the cost could be about $100,000 and funding opportunities would be explored.
“It’s definitely needed. The residents are enjoying it and can walk further distances … and it (encourages) active, healthy lifestyles,” said Burke.
Craig Burgess, Colchester County’s manager of recreation, added if the project is confirmed, the county would work in conjunction with the village to extend the trail to Hillvale Drive. That area would require upgrades as well, said Burgess.
He added if the village/county project is approved, it would cover three kilometres of trail in total. Upon approval, a design phase would be implemented, followed by a period of seeking funding and then construction. An end date for the overall project hasn’t been determined.
“The goal would be for as soon as we can get it,” said Burgess.