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ERCA Reminding Trail Users That Horses Need To Use Greenway Grassed Sides

Thursday February 4th, 2016, 8:40pm

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority is reminding users of the Greenway trail that horses are restricted to the grassed sides of the trail.

“With our unseasonably warm winter, the greenway trail surface is very susceptible to surface damage from horse hooves. Even a few horses during this critical period can make the trail difficult for cyclists or pedestrians as it leaves the trail surface very bumpy,” explains Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services. “We have designed the trail as a multi-use surface, but these hoof prints create ruts that can frustrate and cause safety issues for cyclists and pedestrians. We have to ensure the trails provide the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.”

The decision was made shortly after the Greenway opened in the year 2000 to allow horse access along the trail. “We communicate regularly with the equine community to help with the enforcement of these rules,” Money confirms. “But not every horse owner is affiliated with an equine group.”

He also reminds the public that motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Greenway trail system.

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