Waterfront Regeneration Trust Announces 52 Completed Projects

    The Ontario Waterfront Trail and Greenway Celebrates 15 Years

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The Waterfront Regeneration Trust is
celebrating the completion of 52 waterfront projects to enhance and expand the
Waterfront Trail and Greenway and 15 years of accomplishments that have seen
hundreds of environmental and urban regeneration projects implemented to help
revitalize the Lake Ontario waterfront. The Waterfront Trail is a signed route
that stretches 650 km from Niagara to Quebec along the Canadian Shores of Lake
Ontario and the provincial shores of the St. Lawrence River.
    "Today, the Waterfront Trail and Greenway is a provincial greenway - an
environmental legacy speaking to our collective commitment to regenerating the
Ontario waterfront. It is a major part of the emerging provincial green
infrastructure, providing people with valuable fitness, recreational and
active transportation opportunities." says Marlaine Koehler, Executive
Director, Waterfront Regeneration Trust, acknowledging the successful
partnerships between the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and the waterfront
communities and conservation authorities.

    The 52 waterfront projects have added:
        -   3 bridges
        -   2 marina revitalization projects
        -   7 cultural heritage facilities
        -   10 new waterfront promenades
        -   15 habitat restoration projects
        -   16 restored and improved parks
        -   10 new regional and local trail connections
        -   70 km of trails
        -   sparked the expansion of the Trail to Quebec

    Connecting 41 communities, The Waterfront Trail is easily accessible to
over six million people, representing 59% of Ontario's population and 22% of
the Canadian population.
    In 1992, the province of Ontario founded the Waterfront Regeneration
Trust to develop a strategy for the Lake Ontario greenway as well as implement
the Royal Commission recommendation for a continuous Waterfront Trail.
    The completion of the 52 regeneration projects on the waterfront
represents $30 million of investment by Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program
and the waterfront municipalities and conservation authorities. Through this
program the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario contributed
$9.2 million.
    "Fifteen years ago the Waterfront Trail was a recommendation, today it is
a reality," says Waterfront Regeneration Chair, David Crombie. "It represents
our concern for the sustainability and health of our lake and ourselves. It's
a promise to do things differently and a way to reconnect to nature, culture
and our history."
    For more information on the Trail and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust
log on to www.waterfronttrail.org or call 416-943-8080.

For further information:

For further information: For media information contact: Edye Rome, (416)
785-6213, Email: edyerome@sympatico.ca

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