Western Canada Summer Games Bike Trail will leave a lasting legacy in Swift Current
Biking and hiking enthusiasts may wish to keep their eyes on an upcoming project that will provide long-term opportunities for members of the community. Preparations are underway to construct a cross-country Bike Trail in the coulee area adjacent to 11th Avenue NW, directly south of the Highland Subdivision.
While the Bike Trail is being designed to accommodate 2019 Western Canada Summer Games events, the trail system will remain in Swift Current and continue to be maintained for public use after the Games are completed next August.
“We’re really excited about Games projects like the Bike Trail because they leave behind a legacy for the community to enjoy,” said Denise Barbier, Games Manager. “Bikers and hikers will be able to take advantage of this new recreational amenity for years to come.”
The design of the mountain bike trail will be guided by Matt Hadley of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. Matt is an expert mountain bike trail designer and will be the main contact for this project. With 16 years of mountain bike racing under his belt, Matt also has an extensive background in trail riding and has competed on the international stage, racing World Cups and World Championships for the Canadian National Team for six years.
Preparations for the Bike Trail are already underway. The Games Committee encourages residents to participate in the process.
“Ultimately, this trail system is for the people of Swift Current, so we’d love to see interested individuals come out and be a part of this,” continued Barbier.
Upcoming opportunities for residents include:
SITE CLEAN-UP & INFORMATION SESSION
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
TRAIL BUILDING WORKSHOP
Led by Matt Hadley and Alex Man (course designers)
Date: Friday, June 15
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Classroom Session (Games Office – 751 Lorne Street West)
Date: Saturday, June 16
Time: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Tool safety
- Tool uses
- Reading trail layout
- Trail work
The Games Committee will also look to the community to be the stewards of this project as construction moves ahead, with the hope that – under the watchful eyes of residents – no damage comes to the area during the pinning and construction process.
Individuals with questions and/or concerns about the project are encouraged to contact the Games Office by telephone at 306.778.1678, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep in mind that the Western Canada Summer Games website is constantly being updated with information. Visit www.2019wcsg.ca today to learn more about the Games and to become a Volunteer!