(WINDSOR, ON) – Yesterday, Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, officially opened the trails on the Herb Gray Parkway, in Windsor. The trail runs from Malden Road in the west to Howard Avenue in the east.
The trail network features a continuous multi-use, lit pathway, with bridges and tunnels which allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel the length of the parkway without encountering vehicles.
“I am very pleased to have reached this major milestone,” said Del Duca. “With the completion of the multi-use trail system pedestrians, cyclists, and adventurers alike can, for the very first time, enjoy 17km of paved and lit trails in Windsor. This project will help promote healthier lifestyles while keeping some of our most vulnerable road users safe.”
Rest areas and interpretive signs are also located where there are features of interest. Signage along the trails includes information about the parkway, regional cultural heritage, First Nation culture and history, and the special natural areas such as the Tallgrass Prairie.
The parkway trail is approximately 17km and is set within 120 hectares of green space situated alongside two extensions to Highway 401 and across 11 tunnel tops. Construction of the parkway began in 2011. Ontario invested $636 million into the $1.4 billion project and the government of Canada provided $764 million through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.