A man walks along the trail after a long day of work on the Waskasoo Park Trails in Red Deer, AB on Tuesday 24, May 2016. Red Deer Advocate file photo

Red Deer County’s trails taskforce looking for volunteers

Taskforce will plot out a trails vision for county

Red Deer County is looking for some trail-minded people to join a new task force.

Its mission will be to take a close look at what sort of trails — divisional, regional or local — should be developed.

Recommending the best locations, and which trails should take priority, as well as what kinds of surface or standards should be adopted, will also be among its duties.

Public input will be sought and the task force will reach out to government and non-profit and private groups interested in trail development.

The task force will have up to seven members, including two county council representatives and up to five members of the public.

To ensure all areas of the county are represented, the county hopes to have people involved who live in the east, west and central parts.

Gauging public support for regional projects, or whether smaller-scale local trails are preferred, will be among the task force’s jobs.

Assessing the cost of both building and maintaining trails will also form part of the work, which is expected to come back to council in the form of recommendations later this year.

Depending on how the pandemic unfolds and what Alberta Health directives remain in place, committee members could have a different experience than usual.

Community services manager Jo-Ann Symington said the group might have to meet through video conferencing.

“Of course, safety is paramount to us,” said Symington.

The county, like other municipalities, has many staff working from home and is using video conferencing, teleconferencing and other means to go about their work without risking physical contact.

County offices are closed to the public.

The deadline for task force applications is April 30.



pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

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