As the popular March Springwater Maple Syrup Festival draws to a close, the staff at Catfish Creek Conservation Authority will be looking forward to some exciting trail upgrades at the Springwater Forest. These will be possible thanks to a significant donation, announced Friday, from the Estate of Dorothy Fay Palmer. The improvements will also be popular with the many people who frequent the area for relaxation and recreation.
The funds, totaling $57,500, are destined to pay for the replacement of the Springwater Forest Boardwalk and the repair and resurfacing of 2.4 kilometres of forest trails with limestone screenings. In addition, more than 30 laminated interpretive signs will be updated and replaced. Andrew Gunn, Trustee of the Dorothy Palmer Estate, has advised that the contribution be made in memory of Mrs. Palmer’s husband, John W.F. Palmer, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Authority who passed away in 2009.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Kim Smale and Sally Martyn at the Conservation Authority in order to support this terrific project,” stated Mr. Gunn. “The Springwater Forest is an important and much-loved feature in the community, and it is very satisfying to help enhance the trail system. I am certain that this donation would have pleased John and Dorothy Palmer very much.”
Mr. Smale said “the Catfish Creek Conservation Authority is very appreciative of the donation from the Dorothy Palmer Estate which will ensure that the thousands of annual visitors will be able to continue to enjoy the natural beauty and uniqueness of the Springwater Forest”.