TERRACE mayor Carol Leclerc shakes hands with McElhanney president and CEO Allan Russell at the official opening of the new McEhanney trail connecting the Highway 16 sidewalks to the Ferry Island trails. In the background are Jonathan Lambert, Rob Phillips, and Chris Houston, who were the main McElhanney employees who volunteered their time to forge out the new trail. Jackie Lieuwen photo

Terrace, B.C. trail officially ready to use

The Ferry Island trail, a legacy project of McElhanney Engineering, is one kilometre long

The new McElhanney trail on Ferry Island is officially ready to walk or ride, now that volunteers in the company have finished the final touches.

With a layer of gravel now in place, the company held its official opening Wednesday, June 21, with a barbecue and an unveiling of a plaque marking the trail and explaining the McElhanney project.

At the unveiling were the McElhanney president and CEO Allan Russell as well as local McElhanney employees and Terrace city council.

Built entirely by volunteers, the one kilometre trail includes an underpass to give safe access to the trails.

Now pedestrians won’t have to jaywalk to reach Ferry Island from the Dudley Little Bridge sidewalk on Hwy 16 near Walmart.

The $100,000 trail is a legacy project donated to the community from McElhanney to celebrate its 50th anniversary of doing business in Terrace.

Compnay employees volunteered their time to clear the bush for the trail, pack it down, layer it with gravel and build the underpass from the bridge.

Besides the underpass and 300 metres of trail connecting the trails to the south of the bridge, volunteers also built 700 metres of new trail on the north side of Ferry Island.

 

Terrace McElhanney employees Jonathan Lambert, Chris Houston, Brad Pollard, and Rob Phillips stand on the new trail. Jackie Lieuwen photo