Friends of Kananaskis Country held a volunteer appreciation event last night — pizza, beer and lots of door prizes — to recognize the many volunteers who have helped construct, maintain and re-route trails in Kananaskis Country. Michael Roycroft, a senior manager with Alberta Environment and Parks said the involvement of so many trail enthusiasts has been crucial to the government’s flood recovery efforts and to the maintenance of the Kananaskis Country trail system. “Without the contribution of Friends of Kananaskis Country volunteers” he said, “we would find it very difficult to do even basic maintenance with our limited resources.”
James Cieslak, Trails Supervisor Peter Lougheed Provincial Park spoke about the trails worked on by Parks as part of the ongoing flood recovery efforts, almost all of which involved a contribution by volunteers. They hope to get the bridge over Sarrail Creek built this November. He also mentioned some of the trails they plan to work on next season such as Headwall and James Walker trails in the Sawmill area. There is so much work left to be done!
Darin Langhorst of McElhanney Consulting Services gave us an update on the construction of the first section of the High Rockies Trail between Goat Creek and Buller Creek. He reported that the contractors had done a very good job, especially along some of the more challenging sections of this high-quality trail. With work 90-95% complete we should be able to get on it soon. Look for more information on this web site once construction is complete.