Town backs Rotary trail plan

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Deep River council has thrown its support behind a local service club’s bid to create an outdoor recreation trail that’s accessible for people with physical disabilities.

James Thompson, president of Rotary North Renfrew, pitched the idea to the town last week, telling council the municipality lacks forest trails which meet standards laid out in the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

“It’s difficult for members of the community with mobility issues to participate in forest recreation,” Thompson told council.

“There’s no trail that meets these standards.”

The Rotary Club is proposing to creating a trail that does meet AODA standards, and plans on doing so in partnership with the Four Seasons Conservancy (FSC), Deep River and District Health (DRDH), the Canadian Disabled Outdoor Society, and the Mashkiwizii Manido Foundation (MMF) – a not-for-profit corporation focusing on the overall health and well-being of the urban Indigenous population of Renfrew County.

The plan, according to Thompson, is to create a 450 metre forest recreational trail in the east end of town, adjacent to DRDH, on land owned by the Four Seasons Conservancy…

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