What People Are Saying About Pan Am and Parapan Am Trails
"More than twenty years ago, a visionary group of Canadians had the bold dream to create one of the world's longest and grandest Trails. Today, with the help of thousands of volunteers, the support of all levels of government and the contributions of many generous donors, the Trail is 72 per cent connected and millions of Canadians enjoy it everyday.
The Trans Canada Trail is absolutely thrilled to receive this support from the Province of Ontario through the Pan and Parapan Am Games legacy fund, which will bring us a great deal closer to realizing our goal of developing a national recreational Trail that honours the natural beauty of our country while leaving a lasting legacy of community engagement and active living for future generations."
-- Deborah Apps, President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail
"The Ontario government is making strategic investments in our trails by closing challenging gaps. In doing so, they are adding tremendous value to two well-loved trail systems, the Trans Canada Trail and the Waterfront Trail. Those connections will make it so much easier and enjoyable for Ontarians and visitors to explore our province by bike or on foot. On behalf of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, thank you."
-- Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director, Waterfront Regeneration Trust
"The Ontario Trails Council, and our 170 member trail organizations, representing over 500,000 trail users from across the province, welcomes the announcement of provincial investment in trails. This investment will improve nearly 250 kilometres of trail and create a Pan-Am Legacy. It will also serve the wider public interest by creating jobs through trail construction and improve public access to low or no cost outdoor recreation."
-- Jack De Wit, President, Ontario Trails Council
"Parks and Recreation Ontario is pleased that the Ontario government continues to invest in the province's world-class trails system. Trails are an integral part of our communities, providing citizens with opportunities for recreation and active transportation and supporting local tourism. A strong trails system is a lasting legacy that will help keep Ontarians active."
-- Larry Ketcheson, CEO, Parks and Recreation Ontario
"As Ontario's provincial cycling advocacy and policy organization we are thrilled with this announcement. We are a proud contributor to Ontario's new Cycling Strategy #CycleON. As the Strategy notes, investments in cycling routes, trails and infrastructure create jobs and enhance economic development. In 2010, two million Canadian visitors participated in cycling activities in Ontario, spending $391 Million -- an increase of 25 per cent over 2009. We congratulate the province on this important legacy investment that will enhance the health, well-being and economy of our communities and our province."
-- Eleanor McMahon, President & Founder, Share the Road Coalition
"We are excited that connecting Ontario's trails to support a province-wide culture of active living is an essential part of the legacy strategy for the 2015 Games. Trails are one of the most accessible and rewarding ways that one can stay healthy in addition to having tremendous potential to engage citizens in their communities and catalyze economic development. When we take a fulsome look at the province's approach to trails, we see that it pulls together the best of the region: our cultural diversity, our arts and culture and our natural assets -- connecting them into a fantastic experience for visitors and a meaningful and much needed legacy for the residents of Ontario."
-- Brent Chamberlain, Chair, Friends of the Pan Am Path