Lanark medical officer of health backs compromise on Almonte recreational trail

By Blair Crawford, Ottawa Citizen, March 27, 2018

Lanark’s Medical Officer of Health has come out in favour of a paved trail through Almonte with a ban on motorized vehicles such as snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles.

In a letter to Lanark County Council dated March 21, Dr. Paula J. Stewart writes she “strongly support(s)” the proposal from Mississippi Mills Council to keep the trail motor-free.

“A paved trail is the preferred surface for the more vulnerable population (better for cycling, wheelchairs, walkers, strollers, people with varying physical and mental abilities),” writes Stewart, whose own daughter has physical and intellectual disabilities and has special permission to ride her adult tricycle on the sidewalks in Perth.

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