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Walking Trails are Coming!
07/31/15
Walking Trails are Coming!
Walking Trails are Coming!
News Release from the Elgin St Thomas Public Health
 
The Elgin St Thomas Public Healthis pleased to share, that as a result of a partnership with Doug Tarry Homes Ltd, Springwater Developments Inc, Hayhoe Homes and the City of St Thomas, a recent grant request to Public Health Agency of Canada has been awarded. 
 
The St Thomas community will be receiving approximately $1 million from Public Health Agency of Canada.  This funding will be matched by the identified local developer partners creating a total project budget of approximately $1.94 million spread over 5 years. “We see this as a truly fitting legacy project to help celebrate our role in the St. Thomas Community for the last 6 decades. We believe that by contributing to this project, not only can we can help make our community an even more enjoyable place to live, but we can make it a more desirable community for businesses to consider investing in” said Doug Tarry Jr.
 
“This funding brings together many partners in the City of St. Thomas to create a more desirable community for people to live, work and raise their families. We thank the developers for partnering with Elgin St. Thomas Public Health and the City of St. Thomas to build more new trails, walking bridges and other improvements to create a healthier community.” said Mayor Heather Jackson.
 
“The funds will be used to create a more walkable community.  This will include engaging families and community members to assess current walking conditions in the city and to identify and prioritize areas for improvement.” says Erica Arnett, Health Promoter. Community design that encourages and supports healthy living is now being recognized as a key factor in promoting physical activity, preventing obesity and addressing risk factors for chronic disease.
 
Additional details on the project will be available on the www.activeelgin.ca and www.elginhealth.on.ca websites in the coming months.
 
Contact:   Erica Arnett, Health Promoter
519-631-9900 ext 1247