Questionnaire – Municipal Elections 2017

Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT) is a not-for-profit organization registered as a charity with CRA. It was created by Chelsea residents to protect and improve the network of non-motorized trails linking neighbourhoods and offering residents an attractive and safe means to travel and enjoy nature. Since the last municipal elections, SCT has seen both its level of activities and community support grow. For that reason, SCT is asking candidates for the municipal elections to complete the following questionnaire Continue reading

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POSTPONEMENT NOTICE for ANNUAL HIKE, Sunday Oct.15 moved to Oct.21 due to rain

Rebook for next week, Sunday  October 22. Due to the super rainy forecast for Sunday, we are postponing our hike on Chelsea Park’s new trail this weekend and moving it until next Sunday. Same time & same place.

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Join us on a guided walk of Chelsea’s newest trail. Annual Chelsea Trails Hike: Sunday, 15 October, 10h, École du Grand-Boisé

Residents have been working on connecting the neighbourhoods of Chelsea Park for the past few years. Come and see what has been accomplished! Board member and leader of the effort, Marc Desjardins, will facilitate the hike from Grand-Boise, showing us the new linkages between Belle Terre and du Manoir (off Meredith) and the new trail of two bridges to the 105.

We will return to École du Grand-Boise in approximately 2.5 hours. We will hike, rain or shine, but not in high winds or heavy rain.

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Two big steps for Chelsea Community Trail

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The municipality of Chelsea is  going ahead with a first phase of work to remove the rails and the wooden ties in the weeks ahead.  For more information on the rail dismantling work see the information on the municipal website at: http://www.chelsea.ca/?q=content/beginning-work-removal-rails-and-ties-railway-corridor&lg=en It has been a long process and much more community consultation is needed. In the months ahead this consultation will shape the ultimate design of the community trail.  We want to share with you the news that there is progress being made!

New charity launched in Chelsea to raise one million dollars for future trail

After several months of preparation a new charitable organization, Voie Verte Chelsea has been launched.  This organization is dedicated in the short term to raising the funds required to develop a four season, multi functional trail along the Chelsea railway corridor.  Chelsea Trails is pleased to be on the board of this new organization to help make this trail affordable for Chelsea residents.

Here’s the text of the  press release:

It’s official. A group of Chelsea residents registered, at the end of July, a new not-for-profit called Voie Verte Chelsea (VVC) to help raise money for the conversion of the railway corridor into a year-round community trail.

VVC will start to approach foundations, corporations and individuals who want to invest in the community trail. “We have set an initial goal of one million dollars and have already got our list of targets who are specifically interested in funding rails-to-trails conversions,” says Sandy Foote, President of Voie Verte Chelsea.

The idea for VVC grew out of the Trail Finance Working Group, set up by the municipality in April, to explore the availability of sources of funds for these types of projects. “In our research, we found numerous funding sources but many of them were not available to municipalities. You needed to be a non-profit to apply,” explains councillor Simon Joubarne, Chair of the Trail Finance Working Group.

When the Trail Finance Working Group considered the best practises of rails-to-trails conversion projects across the country, they found the best way to maximize funding opportunities was to form a not-for-profit charity that works in close partnership with the municipality.

To create the founding group of VVC, a meeting was held with interested citizens, who live adjacent to the trail, are active trail users or representatives of other community groups like ACRE, Cascades Club, Sentiers Chelsea Trails, and Rails-to-Trails.

While VVC is arms length from the municipality, a close partnership is essential to a successful fund-raising campaign. The driving mission of the VVC is to buffer the taxpayers of Chelsea from the full costs of developing the trail.

“I’m glad to see VVC step up to the challenge of raising money because we are a small community and it takes this kind of partnership to make a project like this possible,” says Charles Ricard, Director General of Chelsea. Council approved M. Ricard’s appointment to a non-voting seat on the board of VVC to facilitate the partnership.

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NEW TRAIL IN CHELSEA: BELLE TERRE TRAIL

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If you see this sign: Please walk your bicycle

Chelsea Trails proudly announces the near completion of the Belle Terre Trail connecting with chemin du Manoir and Belle Terre. We would like to thank the landowners who have graciously allowed access to the trails across their land.

There are several signs posted on the trail, asking the trail users to dismount from their bikes. It is very important for cyclists to respect the wishes of the property owners to not cycle on the trails across their land. Private landowners have allowed access and may equally relinquish the privilege. Further, to protect the property owners’ privacy, please remain on the trail and be aware of the noise level, particularly at night. Thank you in advance for respecting the trails specifications.

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Pleins feux sur Chelsea Park

La vision de Sentiers Chelsea est bien vivante dans le secteur délimité par le chemin Scott, la Route 105 et le chemin Old-Chelsea. On retrouve dans ce triangle deux écoles primaires, le Centre Meredith, plusieurs maisons unifamiliales et des espaces verts municipaux. Toutefois, présentement il est impossible pour un enfant qui habite à 500 m de son école de s’y rendre à pied ou à vélo. C’est d’autant plus difficile si l’entrée de la maison donne sur la Route 105. De plus, les enfants ne peuvent pas emprunter la 105 en vélo car la vitesse de croisière sur cette route est de 70 km/h.

Marc Desjardins, le champion de ce secteur, espère bien changer cette situation. Depuis quelques années, Marc travaille avec la municipalité et les propriétaires du coin pour créer un réseau de sentiers qui connecteront les rues du voisinage et des points de service sur les chemins Scott et Old-Chelsea. Nous avons fait état des travaux d’aménagement de sentiers derrière Remorquage Ben. Il y a également trois autres sentiers dans ce secteur qui sont en train d’être aménagés ou en planification. La plupart des sentiers empruntent des corridors municipaux; par contre, d’autres sont aménagés grâce à la collaboration des propriétaires de terrain. Marc a frappé à plusieurs portes et organisé plusieurs rencontres pour faire connaître le projet et obtenir le soutien des propriétaires. Il a tenu compte des suggestions des propriétaires dans la conception de certains segments des sentiers.

Comme toujours, ces réalisations ne seraient pas possibles sans le dévouement de nombreux bénévoles et la collaboration de la municipalité. Leilak Anderson, arboriste certifiée  est une bénévole importante qui a donné et livré gratuitement du paillis pour les sentiers. 20170610_111944

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New trails underway in Chelsea Park

The trail building in the area encircled by Old Chelsea, the 105, and Scott is a good example of the spirit and vision of Chelsea Trails. This ‘triangle’ contains two elementary school, the Meredith Centre, and many homes and municipal green spaces. But right now, in many cases, a child living 500 metres from their school can’t walk or bike there. This is particularly true if the only entrance to a home or street is off of the 105, on which children are not allowed to ride their bikes (since the speed limit for cars is 70km/hr).

Marc Desjardins, the SCT Sector Champion for this area, hopes to change all that. For the past several years, Marc has been working with the municipality and local landowners to create a system of footpaths that can link streets in this area to each other and to access points on Scott and Old Chelsea. Work this summer  will be done behind Ben’s Towing but there are also three other paths in this area that have either been restored or are in the planning stages. Much of these trails follow municipal corridors, but some portions are only possible thanks to the collaboration of local landowners. Marc has knocked on many doors and held open meetings to garner support, and has taken the wishes of local landowners into account when designing certain portions.

As always, these improvements would only be possible with many hours of volunteer effort, in collaboration with the municipality. One important volunteer has been Leilak Anderson, a certified arborist, who has kindly donated and delivered extra mulch for the trails.

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Public consultation announced for July 6, 2017

Evenings of CollaborationThis public meeting is part of the research being conducted by the Montreal consulting group BC2 for their social impact assessment study on the community trail project. They will be present to collect your input and ideas and will submit them to the council.

If you have to miss the meeting but want to contribute your thoughts to the process, you may email your comments to loisirs@chelsea.ca.The study is supposed to be completed by the end of July so we suggest you get your comments sent by July 6 if you want them to be included in the study.

 

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