Innisfil, ON – The Town of Innisfil joined representatives from Goodfellow Public School and the County of Simcoe this afternoon for a grand opening of Jack Crescent Trail. This new three-metre-wide multi-use path provides a safe and accessible route for students and many other community members.

“Providing a healthy and safe way for our children to get to school is a shared responsibility,” says Mayor Lynn Dollin. “We’re thankful to our partners at Goodfellow Public School and the Simcoe County District School Board for working with us to develop infrastructure and strategies that minimize traffic and promote active school travel. We’d also like to recognize members of our School Zone – Traffic Safety Advisory Committee for informing this project from a resident and school community perspective.”

The parent-recommended route—which connects Joseph Street near Goodfellow Public School to Jack Crescent—consists of a paved pathway and a raised boardwalk through the wetland area that will be maintained year-round by the Town’s Operations team.

The construction of Jack Crescent Trail is another step forward in improving school traffic planning in the vicinity of Goodfellow Public School. Council recently celebrated Goodfellow Public School for taking leadership in re-establishing their “Kiss and Ride” program. At the latest School Zone – Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (SZ-TSAC) meeting, the school was presented with a SZ-TSAC Community Safety Award for their efforts in increasing safety during the busy drop-off and pick-up times.

“Our partnership with the Town of Innisfil continues to be a natural one,” says Sean Cappadocia, Principal at Goodfellow Public School. “We appreciated the opportunity to work alongside the town during the design and construction process. Our main focus was to operationalize the safe use of the trail for our community at large and ensure the safe flow of traffic before and after school.”

The construction of Jack Crescent Trail was supported by the County of Simcoe’s Trails Connecting Communities reimbursement program with $30,000 of funding. This program provides funding opportunities to member municipalities to develop active transportation and recreational trail opportunities with a focus on expanding or enhancing the trail network for non-motorized uses.

“We’re proud to support this project and contribute to safe, healthy and active initiatives in the Town of Innisfil,” said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “Since 2009, the County’s Trails Connecting Communities Program has provided over $2.6 million in funding to local municipalities to assist in the completion of 32 trails and active transportation projects, including $195,000 to the Town of Innisfil, once this project is complete. This 50/50 matching agreement supports municipalities in funding trails and active transportation projects that provide residents with healthy and enjoyable recreation, as well as a sustainable, environmentally friendly, and safe method of transportation.”

As part of Innisfil’s Trails Master Plan, the Town continues to build connections to create a cohesive and comprehensive trail network within the municipality. Supplying these trails helps contribute to increased physical health, environmental benefits, and safe options for active travel.

Learn more about trails in Innisfil.