CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY
Why build greenways?
Connecting the Place for Life ensures that people have safe opportunities to connect with nature and each other, improving mental and physical health. A survey conducted by the County of Essex found that 96% of respondents would use trails if they were available to them. Similar numbers have been reported in Windsor. Ultimately, improving active transportation opportunities through trail networks make communities more livable. Trails attract tourists to Ontario communities and create jobs. The Ontario Trails Council estimates that trails contribute at least $2 billion a year to the Ontario economy.
Riding a bike or walking along a trail through a woodlot is a simple pleasure. It appeals to people of all ages and abilities, from all backgrounds. Trails support active lifestyles which help prevent coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, colon cancer, depression and premature death.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, “a 10% increase in physical activity could reduce direct health-care expenditures by $150 million a year”. In fact, research indicates a walk in the woods can strengthen immunity, lower blood pressure, increase ability to focus, and ultimately lower health-care costs.
Connecting our Community Funding Priorities:
- Increase vibrancy in the Place for Life by connecting the ‘Oldcastle Hub’ to our other active trails.
- Rebuild the boardwalk and re-surface the trails at Holiday Beach and Devonwood Conservation Areas
- Support nearly 80 km of safe and accessible greenway trails in the Place for Life.
- Create four community entrances for the Cypher Systems Group Greenway to enhance accesses for the community.