Construction of a new boardwalk trail, made possible by a $200,000 investment through a Community Benefit Agreement between the City of Spruce Grove and Trans Mountain, is about to begin in Jubilee Park.
Two sections of boardwalk will be constructed between Oct. 15 and Nov. 10, 2021. Public access to the nearby forest will not be permitted during this period, and detour signage will be in place.
The boardwalk will help to provide safe connections along the existing trail network during all seasons and limit disturbance to the wetland eco-system. Alberta Environment and Parks has approved the new boardwalk. A portion of the existing trail system will be permanently closed as part of the wetland protection.
As part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Trans Mountain has committed funds to communities impacted by construction. The City decided to use these funds to enhance the existing trail network in Jubilee Park by creating a new boardwalk system within the forested area.
“We are extremely excited about the construction of this boardwalk, thanks to Trans Mountain’s commitment to providing direct benefits to the communities they work in,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “Jubilee Park is enjoyed by thousands of people each year and the ability to enhance the park through a partnership such as will certainly enhance the quality of living we all enjoy in Spruce Grove.”
“Trans Mountain values the relationships we have built with communities along the pipeline corridor that span our more than 65-year history. We are proud to contribute to this new boardwalk that will enhance Jubilee Park and be enjoyed by the community and its residents for years to come,” says Siobhan Vinish, Vice President, Public Affairs, Trans Mountain Corporation.
Trans Mountain has signed Community Benefit Agreements, which help fund initiatives from education and training opportunities, to investing in infrastructure and park and trail improvement projects. The funds help to compensate for public inconvenience and temporary disruption caused during construction.