St. Thomas - Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA) is celebrating the launch
of the Dan Patterson Trail on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Local residents are invited
to join staff for a first look at the newly restored Old Growth Trail.
"The re-opening of the Dan Patterson Trail is another way for our community to get
out in nature and explore," says Marianne Levogiannis, public relations supervisor
for KCCA, "We want to provide free opportunities that will help to improve the quality
of life for our community. The reopening of the Dan Patterson Trail is a great example
of that pursuit."
With the assistance of a sustainable trail builder, KCCA has restored a pre-existing
trail once closed due to erosion and hazard trees. Throughout the restoration project,
staff and volunteers have gained essential skills and knowledge on trail maintenance
that can be applied to other KCCA trails.
"We have installed new educational signage throughout the trail for our community
to learn more about the watershed and connect with nature," says Levogiannis. The
restoration project also incorporates unique features that will offer an enhanced
hiking experience for trail users. Attendees at the launch will be among the first
to see these features, including a trail connection located under Highbury avenue.
Copies of the renewed KCCA Trail Guide will also be available for distribution at
the launch. The new guides feature all of KCCA's hiking trails and the various opportunities
offered at the conservation areas.
The restoration project is made possible from the generous support of our partners,
TD Friends of the Environment, Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation and the Kettle
Creek Environmental Trust.
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Dan Patterson Conservation Area, 44014 Mapleton Line, St. Thomas