Regional Trails as the Spine of a Small Town and Rural Active Transportation Networks
Trails have the opportunity to seamlessly connect vast regions. They become the spine of an active transportation network, that connects people to areas beyond the trail’s reach.
Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development, Frontenac County, Ontario,
Mike Rose, Principal, Alta Planning + Design,
Ezra Lipton, Urban Planner and Designer, Alta Planning + Design
|The K&P Trail is a 46 km rail to trail located in Frontenac County and Kingston, in eastern Ontario. The trail travels through urban, suburban and rural settings including a dedicated crossing under a multi-lane highway. The trail is intended for recreational use, but has created an opportunity for residents living in rural areas to commute into the city.
The trail showcases the natural and built heritage of the region passing historic remains and provincially-significant wetlands. The trail crosses into multiple townships welcoming walkers, cyclists, equestrians, and ATVs in certain sections.
The role of the trail in creating a spine for the regional active transportation network will be discussed and how it aligns with the tourism and health goals of Frontenac County. Challenges include developing an inter-jurisdictional trail with a mix of users, now and into the future.