Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) celebrated the official opening of the boardwalk trail at Island Lake Conservation Area on June 22.
Donors and volunteers joined community members and families to celebrate completion of the boardwalk trail made possible by a successful $600,000 fundraising campaign led by the Friends of Island Lake, under the leadership of co-chairs Bob Shirley and Wayne White.
Bob Shirley’s volunteer contributions were acknowledged in a special tribute by naming the boardwalk trail, “Bob’s Bridges”. Bob has been a long-serving member of Credit Valley Conservation’s Board of Directors (1977-2008), the CVC Foundation (2003-2013) and the Friends of the Island Lake (2005-2013). Through more than 30 years of dedication to conservation, Bob has been a tireless fundraiser, a passionate trails advocate and the heart and soul of the Island Lake Community Trails Campaign.
Paying tribute to Bob Shirley and fundraising efforts of the Friends of Island Lake were David Tilson, M.P.; Sylvia Jones, M.P.P.; Laura Ryan, Mayor, Town of Mono & Warden, County of Dufferin; Rob Adams, Mayor, Town of Orangeville; and Gail Campbell, Credit Valley Conservation board member and Town of Orangeville councillor.
“It is an honour to have this section of the Vicki Barron Trail named Bob’s Bridges,” said Bob Shirley. “I have been a long time supporter of Credit Valley Conservation especially as an advocator for the trail system that will eventually surround the lake and which joins one municipality with another. I strongly believed the trail would draw people to Island Lake and provide a positive experience.”
Construction of the boardwalk trail started in August 2012. In October, a volunteer work crew started cutting and drilling the hemlock timbers for 75 wooden cribs which were 5 feet by 6 feet with an average height of 10 feet. About 15 cribs were built and put in place prior to winter. The crew was busy all winter cutting and boring crib material and cutting support boards for the railing and all decking. The final touches were completed in May which included landscaping, seeding and grooming.
“Thanks to the volunteer members of the Friends of Island Lake, all levels of government and the local community for making this happen,” added Jim Muscat, Chair, CVCF.
For more information, visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/cvc-foundation.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Island Lake for Bob’s Bridges
About Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation is a registered environmental charity that raises funds in support of the conservation projects of Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations.
About Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)
Conservation authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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