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Quinte Conservation to Start Building Accessible Trail

The section of Belleville’s Quinte Conservation Area south of Highway 2 will be closed starting September 2 as work begins on a new accessible trail. Quinte Conservation General Manager Terry Murphy says, “Preparation work will start next week and the construction will begin the week after that. We’re very excited to get this project underway.”

Murphy explains, “At Quinte Conservation we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to spend time in nature to experience the wonder that our Conservation Areas have to offer. Almost all of our Conservation Areas are already economically accessible, as we work hard to keep them free. We will now be able to make a trail accessible to people of all ages and abilities so that everyone can enjoy spending time in nature.”

Quinte Conservation began a series of fundraisers in 2011 to raise the necessary money for construction. In May of this year the Parrott Foundation donated $250, 000 to the project. Quinte Conservation had already raised $25,000 through events such as Wines of the Watershed and Family Fun Day. Local businesses and community organizations have also supported the project. The trail will be located on the south side of Highway 2 across from the Quinte Conservation Administration Office in Belleville. Features will include turtle habitat ponds, a trail along the Bay of Quinte shoreline, accessible picnic tables and scent gardens. Construction should be completed in November.

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.

For more information:
Jennifer May-Anderson
Jennifer May-Anderson
Communications Manager
(613) 968-3434 ext. 125
(613) 354-3312 ext. 125

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