2013 Ten Year Anniversary
In 2013 Riverland Recreational Trail Society (RRTS) celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the operation of the Iron Horse Trail (IHT).
RRTS accepting fundraising donations in Smoky Lake 2013
Design work on the Cold Lake Trestle was proceeding and fundraising plan was under discussion. RRTS lead these efforts as they were a non-profit organization and could accept donations which then went to NE Municorr which lead the design process. The Aviva Insurance competition helped raise awareness of the Cold Lake Trestle rebuild.
Two waterlines were under construction down the right of way: one from Smoky Lake to Spedden and one from St Paul to Elk Point.
We helped organize a number of AB government MLAs and Ministers touring the trail.
Alberta Trailnet held their AGM in St Paul at the beginning of June and we helped them with tours and other events as part of that event. This was highlighted by Jerry Bidulock being awarded the Trailblazer of the Year and Ray Danyluk being presented with the Trail Builder Award.
Municipal Maintenance funding was put in place for a 3-year period. The Danyluk Hill, in eastern Smoky Lake County, was rebuilt as part of a construction company donation when the waterline was put in.
President Maurice Dargis picking up rig mats to return to St Paul.
We received a donation of rig matts and put some to use in a difficult spring near Middle Creek.
Beaver River Trestle was Stabalized. Crusher fines were used in some water pipeline areas to build a better base on the trail.
Picnic tables were repaired where possible and a replacement plan was started.
Trail counters were used to try and determine usage.
Middle Creek cause some issues with beaver problems.
Jerry Bidulock recieved an award as well from the Alberta Snowmobile Association
An Alberta Tourism commercial was filmed about the Iron Horse Trail. Our Volunteers. You can see it here.
Josh Michaud out on the trail with horses and sleds.
We also started using social networking for the first time in our promotional efforts.