G2G Tunnel Fundraiser - Final Push
The final push is on for the Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail committee to complete the fundraising needed to open the Blyth tunnel and make a big leap toward creating the fully accessible trail that has been the dream for nearly a decade.
When the rail company pulled up its tracks in the 1980s, Huron County filled in the tunnel under County Rd 25 (Blyth Road) to limit any liability. Now that the trail has become a destination trail for cycling enthusiasts and hikers, the County has agreed to open it up and the volunteers of the G2G organization are just past the halfway mark to raise the approximately $500,000 that it will cost.
The committee has been hard at work and have raised well over half of the funds needed. Julie Sawchuk, local accessibility advocate, is spearheading the next step in the fundraising with an event on April 29. The “Walk and Roll” will bring participants from the water tower at Queen St (Highway 4) down the trail and stop at the site of the future tunnel, which is as far as Sawchuk can enjoy the trail, due to the steep hill that currently keeps her handcycle from continuing to Auburn on the trail. Once at the location of the incline, participants will help the community move some dirt with shovels to symbolize the opening of the tunnel and then accompany her back to town.
“It’s not just for me. We need to open the tunnel to make it safe for everyone to use the trail. Both the hill and the highway are dangerous and difficult for people with disabilities and bad knees, small kids and those low on energy,” she insists.
Participation will be by donation and G2G committee members will be on hand to answer questions and direct people on how to support the tunnel project.
For more information as it becomes available, follow Lake Huron Route Friends of the G2G Rail Trail on Facebook or visit www.g2grailtrail.com/blyth-tunnel G2G Trail Entrance, 554 Queen St. Blyth