The Van Tassel Lake Trails Association (VTLTA) is offering free exercise, fresh air and fun company for all.
The volunteer board has planned trail-building events for every Wednesday night in June.
The plan is to spruce up the existing trails with some light clean-up work such as clearing brush from trail edges, removing sharp branches and trippy roots, says VTLTA president Mark Durkee.
“The goal is just to make things a little neater, a little safer, so the trails are more welcoming to a wider variety of users,” says Durkee. “And, in our experience so far, people really enjoy this kind of outdoor work. It’s fun and rewarding and makes a big difference for the community.”
VTLTA looks after about five kilometres of single-track trails on 550 acres of woodlands belonging to the Town of Digby, part of the Van Tassel Lake Watershed Area. The trails circle the Van Tassel Lake with a spur leading to a high look-off with views all the way to Marshalltown.
The association held a volunteer day on Saturday, May 25. A dozen volunteers cleared about 600 metres of trail and then enjoyed a picnic beside a cascade along one of the newer streamside trails.
“Besides getting this work done, we want to show people how beautiful these trails are,” says Durkee. “We’re a small board of volunteers so we’re hoping to recruit a few more people.”
Volunteers for the June Wednesday night trail events should meet at the Van Tassel Lake parking lot at 859 Culloden Road in Mount Pleasant for a 6 p.m. start and an 8 p.m. finish. The association will provide all the necessary tools but volunteers should bring water and bug protection (long sleeve shirt and pants).
Some other ways Durkee says people can help include joining the association; creating written and photographic histories of Van Tassel Lake for use on interpretive panels; help with fundraising events, hikes, runs, meet ups or other trail events; help with surveying, photographing and describing the flora and fauna on and around our trails.
“If anyone has other ideas or ways to contribute, we would love to hear from them,” says Durkee.