FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2015
FIVE-HUNDREDTH GREENBELT ROUTE SIGN POSTED IN KING TOWNSHIP
Milestone Sign to be One of Over a Thousand Cycling Route Signs Across the GTHA
The 500th Greenbelt Route sign was put up today by King Township’s Parks and Recreation department on Kettleby Road just west of Keele Street.
In King Township, cyclists along the Route can experience the small town charm in this scenic area of the Greenbelt. They can pedal along long stretches of smooth roads well-traveled by bicycles as the Route passes the Old Feed Mill and shops that line Main St. in Schomberg. Cyclists can take a break and visit the walking trails in Thornton Bales Conservation Area, an on-farm market at Round The Bend, and enjoy impressive views of the Niagara Escarpment and City of Toronto.
With support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Waterfront Regeneration Trust, 27 municipalities—from Niagara to Northumberland—have been posting signs to their sections of the 475 km cycling Route since early spring. Once complete, 1,050 signs will be posted to guide cyclists through the nearly 2 million acres of the world’s largest permanently protected Greenbelt.
From August 16-21, 2015, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure’s Special Greenbelt Edition will help launch this new exciting substantial tourism attraction with a six-day ride through the Greenbelt’s plentiful forests, rivers, welcoming towns, and family farms.
"We are delighted to be part of the Greenbelt cycling Route. This milestone supports our promotion of cycling tourism through our Experience King social media campaign,” says Steve Pellegrini, Mayor of King Township.
"From start to finish, the Greenbelt Route is longer than the distance between Toronto and Ottawa,” said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "The creation of this Route is the result of years of thorough planning, and strong leadership and vision from our municipal partners across the Greenbelt."
"The 500th sign posted today is another exciting milestone in the development of the Greenbelt Route," said Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. "With connections to the Waterfront Trail, already well-loved by cycling tourists and enthusiasts, the new Route will help to boost Ontario’s reputation as a premier cycling destination."
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At nearly 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Join us in 2015 as we celebrate 10 years of success for the Greenbelt! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306