Cypher Systems Greenway

Councillor wants town to look at financial contribution for ERCA trail

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A member of town council is asking that administration meet with Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) to see if the town could contribute in a similar fashion as Essex.

Councillor Rick Fryer was hoping for a way that Amherstburg could “match funds with Essex” towards construction of the Cypher Systems Greenway. The trail itself, which runs from Amherstburg to Essex, is nearing completion though funds are still necessary to construct trail entrances similar to those of the Chrysler Canada Greenway.

“It’s looking like a great project,” commented Fryer.

The Cypher Systems Greenway, as seen from Thomas Road, is currently under construction from Amherstburg to Essex. Councillor Rick Fryer asked whether town administration should meet with ERCA officials to consider financially contributing towards the new trail.

The Cypher Systems Greenway, as seen from Thomas Road, is currently under construction from Amherstburg to Essex. Councillor Rick Fryer asked whether town administration should meet with ERCA officials to consider financially contributing towards the new trail.

Fryer, who represents Amherstburg on the ERCA board of directors with former deputy mayor Ron Sutherland, said he was pleased it comes out at Thomas Road as that allows for connections to the trails on that road, the new paved paths on Texas Road and other paths in the area.

Fryer added that construction wasn’t complete yet and material still has to settle. Councillor Leo Meloche suggested signage be put up marking the trail and noted there are people that are currently putting it to use.

“Everything is looking good,” said Meloche. “People are using it already.”

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale pointed out he attended the official groundbreaking in McGregor for the greenway. It was there that Essex officially presented a cheque for $100,000.

DiPasquale believed the trail adds to quality of life in Amherstburg.

“It’s a whole different world out there,” said DiPasquale. “It’s a great asset to the whole community.”

Fryer added it allows residents a chance to pursue healthy lifestyles and gives children an avenue to be active.

Groundbreaking held for next phase of Cypher Systems Greenway

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Construction on the Cypher Systems Greenway has officially broken ground and the latest and largest stretch should be complete in two months or so.

Representatives from the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and the Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) joined elected officials from Amherstburg and Essex at the Agris Co-op in McGregor for the ceremony. The co-op is next to the trail with the Cypher Systems Greenway also intersecting with the Chrysler Canada Greenway in McGregor.

Claire Wales, vice president of ERCF’s board of directors, stated that “trails link healthy place and healthy environments” with the foundation’s “Trail On!” campaign having started in 2012.

“Thanks to a generous and significant gift of $250,000 from Cypher Systems Group, and support from the federal government, the town of Essex and many corporate and individual donations, we are so thrilled to be here to celebrate the groundbreaking of this long awaited trail,” said Wales.

Wales pointed out Cypher Systems Group made its contribution in 2015. The “Trail On!” campaign raised over $1 million to develop the 26-kilometre trail but donations are still being accepted as other amenities as community entrances need to be developed.

Ground was officially broken Sept. 29 in McGregor for the Cypher Systems Greenway, which will run from Essex to Amherstburg and intersect with the Chrysler Canada Greenway. From left: TWEPI CEO Gordon Orr, Amherstburg Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale, Essex Mayor Ron McDermott, Essex Region Conservation Foundation board vice president Claire Wales, ERCA general manager Richard Wyma, ERCA chair Ed Sleiman and Cypher Systems Group COO Dave Dyer.

Ground was officially broken Sept. 29 in McGregor for the Cypher Systems Greenway, which will run from Essex to Amherstburg and intersect with the Chrysler Canada Greenway. From left: TWEPI CEO Gordon Orr, Amherstburg Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale, Essex Mayor Ron McDermott, Essex Region Conservation Foundation board vice president Claire Wales, ERCA general manager Richard Wyma, ERCA chair Ed Sleiman and Cypher Systems Group COO Dave Dyer.

ERCA chair Ed Sleiman thanked all the contributors and everyone who is helping make the project happen.

“Green spaces, trails and a healthy environment directly contribute to our region being recognized as a place of choice for people to live, visit and invest,” said Sleiman. “Trails improve the communities where they are built, which is why we are so pleased to be celebrating another success with our partners.”

Dave Dyer, chief operating officer with Cypher Systems Group, brought greetings and said the company was happy to get behind the new trail.

“It’s a great event,” said Dyer. “It’s a great step in the next part of the greenway and we are proud to be part of it.”

“We love this community and are happy to partner with this organization to expand the greenway and improve upon the health and quality of life in our region,” Cypher Systems Group president Brian Schwab in a press release. “The groundbreaking of this trail has been years in the making and we are thrilled that we could contribute to such a worthy endeavor and be part of this exciting event.”

Essex Mayor Ron McDermott was joined by his deputy mayor Richard Meloche and councillor Steve Bjorkman in presenting the ERCF a cheque for $100,000. McDermott said it is a project that benefits not just Essex and Amherstburg.

“It’s good for the entire community,” said McDermott.

McDermott said the two impacted municipalities are divided by boundary lines but a project like the greenway brings them together.

Amherstburg Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale said the ceremony and the trail itself was a prime example of what can happen when people work together. He echoed McDermott by stating there may be boundaries between Essex and Amherstburg but the trails are bringing communities closer together.

“I admire you all,” said DiPasquale.

Other Amherstburg council members at the groundbreaking were councillors Rick Fryer and Leo Meloche. Both Fryer and Bjorkman are also ERCA board members.

Gordon Orr, CEO of Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI), said outdoor adventure is a “pillar” for the area and called the 26-kilometre trail a “tourism enhancer.”

A portion of the trail in Essex was completed several years ago and the current work will extend the greenway into Amherstburg.