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Trails
(Yesterday, 10:17 AM)Canard Wrote:
(02-24-2017, 10:06 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Kitchener staff report on the proposed Balzer Creek path:
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/Calendar/Down...6fbd2f2225

This link appears to be broken; couldn't find any further information on the City of Kitchener site about this.  Has anyone got an update on what the status of this trail is?  Where exactly were the improvements done, and what are the details of the work completed?

Thanks in advance!

Looks like the City of Kitchener has "improved" their website rendering previous links useless and providing a cryptic set of directories to navigate instead.

Here is the link to the original staff report.

Here are the minutes from that meeting.

CBC article.
Record article 1.
Record article 2.

Looks like is was passed and was to be built as part of the Balzer creek rehabilitation in 2017.

I'm hoping TriTag is going to do a construction-season wrap up of what was promised compared to what was delivered in their map from earlier this year.
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(10-20-2017, 09:32 PM)darts Wrote: What is on either side of the potential bridge in the area?
I know Zehrs is on one side but not really sure what else is around in the area.

For some in the north-side suburb, this will mean quicker transit access (and soon, a high-service route in the form of the 205). The 2 used to do an occasional loop through the area, but no more; now it means a walk to Greenbrook/Stirling.

There's some good cycling options opened by this as well. The parks in the area have multiple bike-friendly routes, which will get connected to Strasburg's bike lanes and Ottawa's MUTs.
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(Yesterday, 12:20 PM)KevinL Wrote:
(10-20-2017, 09:32 PM)darts Wrote: What is on either side of the potential bridge in the area?
I know Zehrs is on one side but not really sure what else is around in the area.

For some in the north-side suburb, this will mean quicker transit access (and soon, a high-service route in the form of the 205). The 2 used to do an occasional loop through the area, but no more; now it means a walk to Greenbrook/Stirling.

There's some good cycling options opened by this as well. The parks in the area have multiple bike-friendly routes, which will get connected to Strasburg's bike lanes and Ottawa's MUTs.

This is actually quite huge for biking, given that safe bikeable crossings to the highway barely exist anywhere (2km east along the highway is the next one at Courtland, and there isn't one to the west, technically), so this is huge.

For bike connectivity, it will connect to the lakeside trails through from Meinzinger park, which has a not too bad connection to a major east-west trail, and then down Chandler Dr. to Ottawa and Strasburg as you say.  One of the bigger problems with our bike infra is the lack of knowledge of routes, even when they're pretty reasonably connected (only involving riding down the not completely terrible Chandler Dr.).
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(Yesterday, 11:19 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: Looks like the City of Kitchener has "improved" their website rendering previous links useless and providing a cryptic set of directories to navigate instead.

Here is the link to the original staff report.

Here are the minutes from that meeting.

CBC article.
Record article 1.
Record article 2.

Looks like is was passed and was to be built as part of the Balzer creek rehabilitation in 2017.

Thank you!

We went and checked this out this afternoon.  Here are some photos of the section which seems to have been built this year; from Homer Watson to Fallowfield Drive:

Yesterday, 06:42 PM" />   

Yesterday, 06:42 PM" />   
From the West side of Homer Watson, looking East.  You can see they've done the "London Style" of underpass for the trail under the bridge!  Love these.

Yesterday
, 06:43 PM" />   
On the East side of Homer Watson, looking East.

Yesterday, 06:43 PM" />   
About halfway between Homer Watson and Fallowfield, there's a new boardwalk.

Yesterday, 06:44 PM" />   
Construction quality is absolutely top notch; mitred cuts, and filleted edges on all tactile surfaces. Fantastic!
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Yesterday, 06:45 PM" />   
The West end of the Boardwalk, looking back West.  This gives a pretty good impression of what happened to the backyard of these homes.

Yesterday
, 06:46 PM" />   
At Fallowfield, looking West.  A number of people have already built fences; some were being built as we walked past.  The trail is really close to their homes.

Yesterday, 06:52 PM" />   
"Guelph Style" trail interface at Fallowfield, with no curb cuts or boulevard sidewalk/paving.  We explored a fair ways along the far side, but there isn't much there.  You can cross a really crappy and unmaintained trail up to Courtland.

Yesterday, 06:47 PM" />   
Heading back West along the Boardwalk.

Yesterday, 06:49 PM" />   
Looking West, just before crossing under Homer Watson.

It seems like a good project, but I can't help but feel this is just another tiny brushstroke in a larger, very much unfinished painting.  Without formal connections on the East side of Fallowfield, it doesn't seem very useful.  I really wish the Region would plan these things to go between major points all in one shot, instead of painting a little over here, then painting a little over there, etc... I know, I know, choir...
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The trail from Homer Watson Park ends at Manitou, currently; I understand both that trail and the one you explored today will eventually get linked and extend past the ballfields on Hayward, to the MUT there and along Courtland to connect to the south end of the Iron Horse. No idea on the timeline there, though.
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