City of Windsor Unveils New Trail Features
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Windsor-Tecumseh Member of Parliament Irek Kusmierczyk and community supporters unveiled new safety measures on one of Windsor’s premier trail systems today.
The Little River Trail is made up of 6.25 kilometres of asphalt, winding through picturesque and relaxing natural green space with another 1.6 kilometres of stone trail as well. The primary trail is perfect for walking, running, rollerblading and cycling, but feedback has shown that finding one’s way through the trail can be a challenge for both visitors and emergency responders.
With that in mind, over the course of the past year new wayfinding signage has been installed to ensure easy navigation of the area. The cost of the 17 global positioning system (GPS) signs, 13 wayfinding signs and 12 kiosks is being supported by local community corporate advertisers: Team Goran, RE/MAX Realty, Parker DKI and CPC Processing Centre.
“Windsor has made major strides in our trails system right across the city. From widening trails in Jackson Park to the work that’s been done on our exceptional Riverfront, from the off-road trails in Malden Park to this new wayfinding signage here in Little River, it really is incredible. And having three local companies step up to help cover the costs associated with these signs and include their names next to ours shows the support for our community.” – City of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
The wayfinding signage works using GPS. In the case of an emergency, providing the North and West coordinates to a 911 operator will give responders the directions they need to respond quickly. As part of this initiative, our Parks staff met with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff and rode the trails in an ambulance pinpointing critical points to ensure the trails were all signed effectively.
“Our City is blessed with tremendous parks and trails that are safe and accessible places of recreation for all residents thanks to significant, strategic and sustained investments like this one by the Mayor and Council,” said Irek Kusmierczyk, MP (Windsor-Tecumseh).
The City of Windsor’s trail system has seen an increase in popularity due to expansion of its multi-use trails. The Parks and Outdoor Recreation Master Plan highlights the important role multi-use trails play in the parks system and recommends improvement to wayfinding as an important component of connectivity.