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Proposed trail network would span Hamilton's escarpment brow

The Niagara escarpment is a treasured feature of the City of Hamilton and should be celebrated whenever possible, says Terry Whitehead.

Ward 8 councillor asking staff to plan a trail network that would cross escarpment brow

Proposed cycling trail would give Hamilton residents access to beautiful views and vistas from the Niagara escarpment. (Submitted by Cynthia King)

The Niagara escarpment is a treasured feature of the City of Hamilton and should be celebrated whenever possible, says Terry Whitehead.

The Ward 8 councillor said he's been working closely with Ward 7 councillor Donna Skelly on a plan that would see the creation of a multi-use path running across the brow of the escarpment.

A trail system giving residents access to the mountain has already been started in Ward 6, Whitehead said in an interview on Sunday. Now work is underway to consider continuing that network through wards 7 and 8 along the mountain brow.

We have a feature that most cities don't have and we like to celebrate that as much as practical.- Terry Whitehead, Ward 8 councillor

"This is really trying to create a corridor that people can experience and talk about," he said. "We have a feature that most cities don't have and we like to celebrate that as much as practical."

On Monday at the public works committee meeting, Whitehead intends to put forward a motion to direct staff to come up with a plan for a continuous multi-use path from Mountain Brow Boulevard to Scenic Drive. The pathway will be interwoven between existing pathways and road networks to create one fluid trail that runs across wards 6, 7 and 8.

He said the plan would give walkers and cyclists access to certain areas that highlight the unique views and vistas the escarpment has to offer. 

"What we want to do is give them an experience, the best experience that we can," he said.

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