At least one Rimbey couple is happy the town’s walking trails are paved and ready for use and are anxious to spread the word.
“We see the recent path expansion as the most significant, positive change in a long time,” said Keith Spelrem. “In our society our infrastructure is designed around the automobile so it’s great to see focus shift towards people.”
Spelrem said he and his wife, Glenna have spent time in other communities where the pathways were extensive.
“To us that represents vitality and it’s welcoming to younger families. It also provides a safe, outdoor recreation opportunity for children through to seniors.”
Spelrem said the trails give people an opportunity to get away from the traffic, connect and stay active.
“It promotes a healthier community.”
He gives credit to the former council for beginning the project and is hopeful the new council and the citizens will continue to expand the trails.
“It’s like a house, hopefully this is only the foundation. We’d love to see the town linked through the path system.”
Spelrem and his wife often walk with their golden retriever cross, Solas.
He encourages anyone who has a dog to be a responsible pet owner.
“As a dog enthusiast and companion dog owner it’s very upsetting to see irresponsible, uncaring pet owners behave this way. Because of them and irresponsible dog breeders we see numerous restrictions being put on dogs. Please, please, pick up after your dog.”
Rimbey CAO Tony Goode said the trails begin at the ball diamonds next to the Nesting place and run to the north on the west side of the Giebelhaus property, continuing north to the hospital and recreation centre.
The previous council spent around $147,000 on building the approximately six-kilometer trail system.
Goode said trails will be maintained in the winter as time permits.