WRC/Schmidt Woods Multi-Purpose Trail Design
In 2015, the Township of Wilmot retained Seferian Design Group to undertake the detailed design of a multi-purpose trail construction project within the woodlot surrounding the Wilmot Recreation Complex (WRC). Approximately 2.0km of compacted stone dust multi-purpose trail (designed to meet accessibility standards), and 1.2 km of natural ground hiking trail will be created within the municipal forest surrounding the recreation complex. The trail will extend from the northwest corner of the WRC at the Nafziger Road entrance to the east end of the property, with a connection to the paved cycling lanes on Gingerich Road. The design also includes tree removals, HPDE culverts, major trail head kiosk structure, map kiosk structure, directional signage, seating nodes, on-road cycling lane extension, protect of wetlands (GRCA permit obtained), and a weathered steel pedestrian bridge at the eastern trail entrance. Eco Blue Systems was retained for construction and the project was complete in the fall of 2016. The project was made possible in part by The Canada 150 Fund.
Planning for the trail began with the approval of the Wilmot Trails Master Plan (WTMP). In 2013, SDG was retained to prepare an Implementation Plan for the WTMP. The Township of Wilmot approved the WTMP on November 18, 2013. The Master Plan is intended to guide trail development in the Township as well as municipal projects having trail implications.