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Friday June 8th, 2012

Posted at 10:15am

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The Essex Region Conservation Foundation kicked off a campaign to raise funds to develop the Essex-Amherstburg Greenway, a 22 kilometre multi-use recreational trail, similar to the Chrysler Canada Greenway Thursday, with an announcement  in partnership with Caesars Windsor, which made the lead donation of $25,000 to the campaign, with an additional three year fundraising commitment in partnership with their employees.

The Essex – Amherstburg Greenway intersects with the Chrysler Canada Greenway, bringing the community’s vision of a region connected by trails one step closer to reality.  Since the opening of the Chrysler Canada Greenway in 2000, the 50 kilometre trail has become one of the most important trails in the region for hiking and cycling.

In recognition of Caesars Windsor’s $25,000 donation, ERCA and the Foundation are naming the entrance to the existing Chrysler Canada Greenway on County Road 8 near Walker Road the Caesars Windsor Community Entrance.   To mark this, a sign was  unveiled Thursday afternoon.

“Trails support active lifestyles that improve health,” said John Scott, ERCA Board Member. “Trails are exceptionally well suited to help our region become more physically active. Green spaces, trails and a healthy environment directly contribute to our region being recognized as a place of choice for people to live, visit, and invest in Ontario and Canada.”


As well, multi-use recreational trail that connects municipalities can be used as safe transportation routes, improving the bicycle-friendliness of our community. In fact, 98% of respondents to the County Wide Active Transportation Study indicated they would use trails if they connected towns.

“This project provides a community-wide benefit that is not specific to one city, town, or organization. Building the Essex – Amherstburg Greenway will benefit the entire population of the Windsor-Essex region by connecting us all through trails, providing economic benefits and leading to a healthier, more active community,” added Schmidt. “We are asking all of our partners, trail users, and the entire community of the Essex region to support this campaign today.”

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation supports ERCA by raising the funds required to reforest and green the Essex region, protect those significant natural areas that remain, plant new forests in strategic locations, restore wetlands, protect cultural heritage, and increase green connections through acquiring and developing trails.

Photos courtesy Caesars Windsor

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