The Rotary Club of Huntsville was before the Town’s General Committee on January 31 asking for permission to continue its improvements to the Hunters Bay Trail.
The Club has had a long history of making improvements to the area where it also built the Rotary Pavillion.
In 2020, it put a new steel roof on the pavilion as well as trim work and paint. “We also put some feature gardens in there at Orchard Park. We helped with a little bit of the trail maintenance and we partnered with the Town to put in… brand new benches,” explained Rotarian Adrian Musters. He also said thanks to the efforts of Debbie Kirwin, the benches are accessible.
“We wanted to continue with our work on the trail but we were asked by the Town to stop because there was a waterfront development study at the time, and so we just put everything on hold and said ‘Ok that’s great’. So what we’re asking for this time is could we please continue with our garden?”
Musters told councillors the garden would be situated to the right of the pavilion, on an area of approximately 45 x 60 feet, and would include natural rock features, and natural, colourful, deer-resistant, and pollinator-friendly vegetation.
Musters told the committee that Rotary would be doing the work and isn’t looking for municipal funding. “We’re going to make sure that it’s maintenance-friendly so the staff doesn’t have to do any extra work.”
He said Rotary has budgeted $10,000 for the project and an annual $1,000 maintenance budget for mulching and replacing any plants as required.
Musters also asked permission to proceed with the placement of benches on Fairy Vista Trail.
The committee gave Rotary a green light and Councillor Monty Clouthier thanked the Club for their efforts.
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