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Sally O’Neill, Active Pictou County trails co-ordinator, chats with Halifax Chebucto MLA Joachim Stroink along the Short Line Trail on Monday. Stroink announced $62,000 in provincial funding to upgrade more of the trail toward Scotsburn. (Goodwin photo)

LYONS BROOK – Money is on the way to upgrade more of the Short Line Trail system west of Pictou.
Halifax Chebucto MLA Joachim Stroink announced the $62,000 in funding for to the Pictou County Trails Association to help complete seven kilometres of the multi-use Short Line Trail. The trail will connect with the existing five kilometres to form a path that is about 12 kilometres long.
Sally O’Neill, Active Pictou County’s trails co-ordinator, said the funds will be devoted to ditching, repairing culverts, gravelling and surface work. She praised how the trails association and other groups have worked together to make more trails and make existing ones more accessible.
“It will make it more comfortable to bike and walk and use recreational motor vehicles,” she said.
“We’re providing an alternative for people who want to use a traditional means to get around. There has been a lot of collaboration.”
Stroink, speaking on behalf of Energy Minister Andrew Younger, said the funds are coming from the Department of Energy’s sustainable transportation fund.
"We are excited to contribute to the momentum around sustainable transportation in Pictou County," Stroink said.
"The Short Line Trail expansion will provide a longer and more practical route for people of all ages and abilities."
The trail will allow residents to travel between businesses, workplaces, and the Scotsburn Elementary School.
"I can't believe the increased activity on this trail since starting the project in 2013," trails association president Clifford MacDonald said.
"We're seeing all types of users, of all ages. By supporting its development, the province has invested in our health and success as a rural community, and we appreciate that."
Following  the announcement, which was made at the Lyons Brook Community Hall, most of those who...
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