Hurricane Juan Destroys Trails
Highway 7 Online Reader
Proposes Restoration Fund
Several recreational trails
in the HRM region have been destroyed or severely damaged
by Hurricane Juan.
According to Jim Vance who works with the Salt Marsh
Trails group, "There is no pleasant way of saying
this - the SMT is destroyed. We are estimating repair
costs of anywhere from $250,000 to restore it and up
to one million to rebuild it so no future storm will
reek such havoc again.
The group is very discouraged. We may commit to rebuilding
to the first bridge ($100k?) and then focus on other
trail plans. The bridges are OK except the second bridge
suffered some damage to the abutments.
A reader of the Highway 7 Newsgroup [Highway
7 Online] hopes to set up a restoration fund for
Saltmarsh and others suffering losses.
Crafty writes: "Re the trail, keep me posted -
are they requesting donations towards restoration costs?
memorium donations? etc. Heartbreaking after all the
work, time, effort and money put into it. And the hundreds
of hours provided
by all the volunteers.
Our own Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park destroyed
- think they said
20,00 trees in the park completely destroyed, and gardens
will never be the
same again. Those trees were over 100 years old, and
their historical value
was priceless. Also, many of the varieties cannot be
Anyways, if there is some sort of memorium fund etc
set up for the trail,
pls post on the highway 7 page or email me. I will add
the notice to my
Jeddore homepage - if you want. Also, any other info
you wish me to post on
my homepage just email me and I will set up a separate
link just for that -
in addition to your own page of course - the more people
we reach the
A very dearly loved friend who passed away in March
was much involved with
the Musquodoboit Trail and family even had a tree planted
in his memory. I
think a memorial fund might "get the ball rolling"
as you said and provide
local families a way to honour their loved ones, and
contribute to their own
area at the same time. Besides, the government may be
quicker to respond to
a request for financial aid if they see local people
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all of you, (including my own
family) who remain without power and water.
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