Essex – The Town of Essex has a new access point to the Cypher Systems Group Greenway, thanks to the opening of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation Community Entrance. On Thursday, April 27, dozens of trail enthusiasts gathered to celebrate its opening, which is a legacy gift to the community celebrating WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s 40 years of inspiring philanthropy.
“As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we are focusing on what we do best: collaborating with our community partners to create projects that will invest in lasting change, reflect who we are as the people of Windsor and Essex County, value our sense of place and culture, and honour both our local history and our future as it unfolds,” says Lisa Kolody, Executive Director of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation. “Windsor & Essex county boasts some of the most beautiful natural environments and green spaces, and we are proud to now be a part of the Greenway trail system, providing a much-needed access point for people to get out and experience this amazing resource in our community for years to come!”
Located on County Road 15 in Essex, this newly created community entrance provides parking and trail access for walkers, joggers and cyclists. As well, the WindsorEssex Community Foundation Community Entrance can accommodate horse trailers, opening up this section of the multi-use trail for equestrian users. The new entrance also features a resting area and bike repair station.
The Cypher Systems Group Greenway opened in 2017 and stretches nearly 26 kilometres from the urban centre of Essex to Amherstburg. It intersects with the Chrysler Canada Greenway in nearby McGregor. With the addition of the Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub in 2017, the Greenway Trail system now connects all municipalities in the Windsor-Essex region with safe, off-road trails.
“Trails increase the value of nearby properties, boost spending at local businesses, and provide active transportation to cut fuel expenses – something important to all of us these days,” said Mr. Ken Schmidt, Past President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “Homebuyers rank walking and biking paths as one of the most important features in choosing where they want to live. The new WindsorEssex Community Foundation Community Entrance is an important amenity that enhances the trail system in our region, encourages healthy lifestyles, and provides another tourism draw to our community.”
“The WindsorEssex Community Foundation Community Entrance is a wonderful addition to our local trail system here in the Town of Essex,” said Sherry Bondy, Mayor, Town of Essex. “The Cypher Systems Group Greenway is an important amenity for the Town, allowing residents and visitors the opportunity to be active and enjoy the outdoors. The new Community Entrance allows greater access for walkers, joggers, and cyclists to enjoy the region’s incredible trail system. I would like to thank ERCA and the WindsorEssex Community Foundation for bringing this project to life.”
As part of the celebration, students from Essex District Secondary School joined guests in planting 40 trees along the Greenway trail in recognition of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s 40thanniversary.
“On behalf of the families who will access the Greenway trails through the WindsorEssex Community Foundation Community Entrance for recreational enjoyment; members of the workforce who will use it for environmentally-friendly and lower cost transportation, and from the community at large – we thank you,” said ERCA Chair Jim Morrison.