September 17, 2010
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York to open new Accessible Trail

Trail in Hollidge Tract of York Regional Forest to provide access to all users
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will host an official opening for a new accessible trail in the Hollidge Tract of the York Regional Forest, located in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
 
Members of York Regional Council, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Council, the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Regional Forest Advisory Team will be present for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and guided tour of the new trail.
 
WHEN: Monday, September 20
  1:30 p.m.
 
WHERE: York Regional Forest – Hollidge Tract
  16389 Highway 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
(east side of Hwy 48 between Vivian Road and Aurora Road)
 
ATTENDEES:
 
• Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO
• Wayne Emmerson, Mayor, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
• Vito Spatafora, Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor and Chair of the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee
• Margaret Gaukel, York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee member
 
BACKGROUND:
 
• The one-kilometre trail is one of the first to be built to the Government of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) proposed Built Environment Standard
 
• The trail has a number of accessible features including:
o A packed, granular surface suitable for wheelchairs or other assistive devices
o Special grading to avoid steep slopes
o Widened pathway that is free of obstructions
o Accessible parking spaces
 
• York Region owns and manages more than 2,200 hectares of York Regional Forest, which consist of 20 properties and more than 120 kilometres of trails.  More than 1,600 people use the forest trail system daily for a variety of activities including hiking, snowshoeing and cycling. 
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905 251-6419
Email: michael.kemp@york.ca
 
 

 

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