At the May 15th Carleton Place Corporate Services Committee meeting, former CAO Paul Knowles presented the details of the Ottawa Valley Rail Trail portion inside town boundaries as well as the large park area known as Carleton Crossing (behind the OPP station). The trail will follow the old rail line purchased by the County and will have both paved and hard-packed gravel surfaces side by side. Knowles commented that in many sections of the trail there is enough width to accommodate some landscaping features in addition to the walking/biking surfaces and the town will clear away much of any unwanted undergrowth. The town’s Urban Forest River Corridor Advisory Committee recently surveyed trees along the trail and marked species deemed important to save.
Work on the trail planned for this year will include a skateboard concrete base with a surrounding track designed as a pump track for cyclists at the Carleton Junction site in addition to surfacing the trail itself among other features. Lighting at key areas will be solar-powered avoiding the need for electrical servicing. $950K has been put aside for this year’s work and Knowles hopes to see shovels in the ground by early July. Full details, including plans for next year are available on the town’s website.