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Recreation trail planned

By Sean Chase, The Daily Observer

COBDEN -A group is proposing a year-round recreat i o na l trail system for the Beachburg area.

Whitewater council has agreed to write a letter of suppor t for the Beachburg Off Road Cycl ing Association (BORCA), a not-for-profit organization seeking an Ontario Trillium Fund grant for the construction of single track trails around the village.

The association bel ieves Beachburg's relatively close proximity to the city of Ottawa and the ongoing expansion of Highway 17 will result in an increase of city-sprawl in the area.

In a letter to land owners, Cameron Dube of BORCA stated, "the Village of Beachburg has the potential to become Eastern Canada's next recreational hub. However, its success greatly depends on the co-operation, communication and careful development of the area's natural resources."

BORCA plans to seek land use agreements with local landowners, provide full coverage of liability to land owners and year-round maintenance on the trails.

"They (the trails) will be a drawing card for people who want to move here," said Whitewater Mayor Jim Labow.

Mayor Labow says the proposed trails won't use municipal land, because as far as he knows, the township doesn't own any property where the trails would be built.

Last year, BORCA built a mountain bike pump track at the Beachburg Fair grounds and also organized the first Beachburg Mountain Bike Enduro and Fun Run.

Sean Chase is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist