The Essex Region Conservation Foundation is seeking funding to develop the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, a 22 kilometre multi-use recreational trail — in many ways like the Chrysler Canada Greenway — and your votes are still needed!
The ERCF has already undertaken much of the infrastructure work for this Greenway. Bridges and culverts have been installed and railroad ties have been removed. To date, 5.5 kilometres of the trail have been built within the municipality of Essex. The cost of trail development for the remaining 15.5 kilometres is approximately $750,000.
On top of fundraising to make this a reality, ERCF is also in the process of confirming additional funding for the trail project from partners, such as the Towns of Essex and Amherstburg, trails committees, Active Living Committees, the County of Essex, local elementary and secondary schools, service clubs like Lions and Rotary, the Share the Road Committee of Essex, the Windsor-Essex Health Unit and many other public and private organizations.
The ERCF has one other area they hope to receive funding from, and that is where we all come in. Since voting began in October, the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway project has earned nearly 3000 votes and is maintaining its top 10 position on the Aviva Community Fund.
With the success of this application and the associated fundraising campaign, this trail could be completed by the end of next year!