Cochrane Trail in Calgary to be named after Stoney

The name of the trail from Cochrane to Calgary is not yet known, but the top two selections have ties to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation

The name of the trail from Cochrane to Calgary is not yet known, but the top two selections both have ties to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

The trail is run by the Rotary Club of Cochrane and Area, and trail steering committee chair Alex Baum said they hope to engage and receive a blessing from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation to use the chosen name. , possibly through the Community Economic Development Initiative. , recently approved between the Town of Cochrane and Stoney Nakoda.

“How nice would it be if we could ask our neighbors in Treaty 7 lands to help advertise the name of this trail?” said Baum.

Six people make up the trail naming committee, including a representative from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation.

More than 1,300 submissions were made to Great West Media’s Name the Trail competition – a surprising turnout, according to the committee.

“We were hoping to get 300 submissions,” said Baum, who added that suggestions were coming from all over Alberta and even British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

At a committee of the whole on April 19, Baum led the city council through the trail plans, beginning with its creation in 2012.

The announcement of the trail in November 2021 to honor pioneering families in the area donating land to the initiative is what really got the project started.

The trail will be part of the Trans Canada Trail and will connect Cochrane to Calgary by paving the land from the city to connect with existing trail networks in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and Haskayne Legacy Park.

When completed, the trail will be 38 kilometers long. The estimated costs for its completion are between 10 and 20 million dollars.

Cochrane in Calgary, however, is only the first phase. Phase two of the proposed trail is intended to connect Cochrane to Canmore through Stoney Nakoda First Nation lands.

In 2016, a Stoney Nation Chiefs and Council resolution was signed with the committee, with the goal of having the Trans Canada Trail connect the Stoney Nakoda Nation via a trail along Highway 1A across the land. from the reserve to Canmore, eventually rejoining the Legacy Trail.

Com. Marni Fedeyko, acting as deputy mayor on April 19, said she commends the committee for taking the initiative on the project.

“[This is] not only connecting a recreational opportunity, but in general tourism and communities,” she said. “That’s really what this whole project is about and it wouldn’t be possible without the amazing volunteers and people coming together to do this work. “

The project is people-driven and there will be many other opportunities for the public to get involved to take it forward, including engraved brick sponsorships to be part of the trail.

“Our trail will provide opportunities for small-budget contributions up to million-dollar contributions,” said Dan Kroffat, the committee’s fundraiser. “Legacy is really important for everyone, not only for our donors, sponsors and partners, but for you and me – the ordinary citizen.”

The follow-up committee aims to complete the project in time for the 2025 Rotary International Conference in Calgary.

– with files from Howard May/Cochrane Eagle

Bighill Creek Preservation

Council also heard from Gerry Bietz, president of the Bighill Creek Preservation Society, about the society’s efforts to protect creek drainage in the Bighill Creek watershed.

“Our overriding mission is to ensure that the natural and historic values ​​of the Bighill Creek watershed are preserved for this generation and for generations to come,” Bietz said.

To achieve this goal, some of the company’s goals include maintaining and enhancing the full range of biodiversity throughout the watershed, promoting stewardship systems throughout the watershed, and establishing a publicly useful repository of ecological, geological, archaeological and historical data.

Burnco, Mountain Ash, Lafarge, McNair and Hillstone all have gravel workings around the area which comprise approximately 1,300 acres, including areas planned for future mining development.

As part of their operations, they had to remove trees, shrubs, topsoil, up to four meters of till – which includes clay and other soil overlays – and up to 25 meters of gravel. The preservation society said this extraction increases chemical leaching, turbidity and recharge variability.

“They will leave a meter of gravel to provide filtration for water flowing from the surface to the creek,” Bietz said. “In our opinion, this meter is largely insufficient to provide the protection that the source and the stream need.”

The society hopes to incorporate and activate the Rocky View County Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan, adopted in 2011, to support their preservation efforts.

“Unfortunately, like many great projects, it never materialized,” Bietz said. “None of the trails, none of the areas identified on this map as environmentally sensitive and in need of protection, none of these have been protected.”

Bietz said the master plan remains a good blueprint for future development and the company will continue to pressure the county to implement it.

The train station

The Cochrane Transit Center, scheduled for completion this summer, will allow residents to make in-person municipal payments outside the RancheHouse.

Taxes, utilities, animal licenses, tickets and fines, business licenses, general bills and transit fares will all be payable at the train station in the city center.

“We know that these bill payments will be able to be processed at The Station,” said the city’s acting director of planning and development services, Mike Korman. “Other payments like building permits, development permits – we’re still working with those departments to figure out how to proceed.”

The station also promises to offer on-site programming led by the Cochrane Public Library, Cochrane Tourism and Innovate Cochrane, among others.

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