Riverbend Trails Legacy Project

$3,780 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 9 months
Created November 8, 2018
Parkland/Red Deer Nordic Ski Clubs
on behalf of Elizabeth Marr-Laing as Treasurer, Parkland Cross Country Ski Club
Please help!  Your financial support is needed to finish the legacy trail developments at River Bend!

With the new Canada Winter Games trails at River Bend Recreation Area, the Parkland and Red Deer Nordic Ski clubs seized the opportunity to further expand and improve many of the remaining trails, creating a legacy for many to enjoy for generations to come.  The trails are now longer, safer and more accessible for hikers, dog walkers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, skiers and runners. 

Over the past 6 months we have raised over $380,000 in cash and in-kind donations to upgrade or add:

·       2.5 km of trails including 2 new loops to avoid the old road crossings, 

·       a bridge crossing the creek, and 

·       3.5 km of lighting for night use.  

This has truly been a full community effort: 

·       Peavey Mart has generously come on board with $100,000 to help fund the trail lighting; 

·       the Alberta government provided a $200,000 grant to improve many of the remaining trails;

·       Gen 7 Environmental Solutions have put months of work into carefully shaping and clearing the trails at a generous rate;

·       Nova Chemicals donated most of the underground wiring for the light park; and

·       ski club volunteers have worked to plan and clear trails and construct a bridge.

Though the project has gone well and is nearing completion, the cold, wet weather this autumn delayed work, adding additional costs. We now hope to finish by Nov 30th but will run a $20,000 deficit on this $400 000 project. Please consider donating to our legacy trail development.

These improvements benefit every trail user; and the region as a whole as the trails draw people from around the province for races and recreational use. We have created safer, more enjoyable, user -friendly trails for all sport groups to use both summer and winter.  

We are asking for your help as a past or present trail user at River Bend Recreation Area, or just a proud member of the broader community, to support this long-lasting legacy project.  

Any amount would be appreciated to ease the financial strain on our small volunteer clubs.  We are not for profit clubs. Please share this link with others to help us reach our goal of $20,000 for trail and winter-use enhancement.

Sincerely, Brian Johnson - on behalf of the Parkland and Red Deer Nordic Ski Clubs
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We hope you will join us as the Parkland Cross-Country Ski Club, Project Sponsors and members of our local community officially celebrate the completion of the new Light Park and Enhanced Recreation Trails at Riverbend this January 9th, 5:15 pm. Coffee and hot chocolate will be served.

A short program in the main clubhouse will be followed by the lighting of the park by Mr. Doug Anderson, President and CEO of Peavey Industries.

Proposed Agenda:
5:00 pm Doors open at River Bend Club House.
5:15 pm Guest Speakers:
Welcome from the City of Red Deer
Mr. Tom Marr-Laing- Parkland Ski Club President/Project Leader
Mr. Doug Anderson - President/CEO Peavey Industries
Greetings from the Province of Alberta Representative
5:35 pm Lighting of the Park, outside at the start/finish stadium.

We will be joined by the children of the Jackrabbits ski program, youth of the Red Deer Nordic club and other members of the Nordic skiing community. These skiers will also be actively using the light park after the Opening. You are encouraged to bring your skis and join us for a 4km guided skiing tour of the Park after it is officially lit up!
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The lights are now on!! Night skiing every night until 9 pm. First one there after dark can turn on the lights by pushing the red button- 3 button locations = 3 loops: Driving Range (button on mini links entrance light post), Discovery Canyon (corner of timing building) and biathlon + hills (corner of tube rental building). Once you activate the lights they stay on until 9 pm when the park closes. The night skiing is amazing! Thank you Tom Marr-Laing and Triple A electric for all your work on this project and our Sponsors (Peavey Mart and the Province of Alberta). If you like the night skiing please consider donating to our go-fund-me as we continue to pay down our debt on this legacy project.
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Today we finished the last trail clean up removing tree branches from the de-limbed trees on the newly widened East connector trail (Tom's Trail). This will improve snow coverage as you exit the hills and enter the new bridge to return (no more road crossing). Yeah!! Lights should be ready to be turned on later next week, Triple A is working hard to finish this part of the project. Please come ski our trails, if you like them and appreciate all the volunteer work that has been done, consider donating to our Go Fund Me to help our club pay down our $20,000 accumulated debt from this $400,000 trail improvement project.
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$3,780 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 23 people in 9 months
Created November 8, 2018
Parkland/Red Deer Nordic Ski Clubs
on behalf of Elizabeth Marr-Laing as Treasurer, Parkland Cross Country Ski Club
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