(Image: Town of Ponoka)

(Image: Town of Ponoka)

River valley trail extension being built in Ponoka

A new trail extension is being created in Ponoka to connect with the downtown area complex.

Work on the new extension started Sept. 27 on the first phase of the project, which will see construction of an asphalt walking trail that stretches along the south end of 50th Street and Hwy 53 to the Ponoka Arena Complex at 54th Street.

The new trail will begin at the pedestrian bridge to the Battle River Trail system, located across from the Battle River Medical Clinic just north of 44 Avenue.

It will be three metres wide to ensure it is accessible to all citizens. It will also include: Large planters and barriers with mature trees, flowers and greenery; a traffic calming measure; and an attractive entrance feature to the downtown.

“We are so fortunate to have the natural beauty of the Battle River Valley trail system running through the heart of our community. This new trail project will enhance that beauty by providing an attractive entrance feature for pedestrians and motorists entering the south end of our downtown core,” said the town’s CAO Sandra Lund.