New K&P Parking Lot Complete

MVCA, Hydro One and partners encourage more recreational use

Left to right: Reid Kilburn (LCMTC), Tom Milc (OVATVC), Steve Knobel (OVATV), Kim McColl (OVATV), Alice Gilchrist (OFSC), Brian Stewart (Mayor of Lanark Highlands), Paul Lehman (General Manager, MVCA), Barry  Young (Hydro One).

Left to right: Reid Kilburn (LCMTC), Tom Milc (OVATVC), Steve Knobel (OVATVC), Kim McColl (OVATVC), Alice Gilchrist (OFSC), Brian Stewart (Mayor of Lanark Highlands), Paul Lehman (General Manager, MVCA), Barry Young (Hydro One).

July 20, 2015, Lavant Station—Access to the K&P Trail in Lavant Station just got more convenient, thanks to a partnership between the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and Hydro One.

Partners from MVCA, Hydro One, Township of Lanark Highlands, Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation (LCMTC), Ottawa Valley ATV Club (OVATVC) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) gathered today in Lavant Station at the site of a new parking lot at the K&P Trail entrance on South Lavant Road.

“It has been our goal to serve the interests of both recreational and non-recreational trail users, to educate the public and increase awareness and appreciation for nature. By providing better and safer access to this important link, we are achieving that goal,” said Paul Lehman, MVCA General Manager.

Hydro One uses the K&P Trail to access its towers. Committed to giving back to the communities they serve, the construction of a parking lot was a natural fit for the area. “The K&P Trail is important to the community and we were excited that we were able to donate our time and materials so that many more people can enjoy the beauty that the area has to offer,” said Barry Young, Senior Civil Foreman, Hydro One.
“The K&P is part of an old rail system and an important piece of our heritage. I am thrilled to see this latest development of improved access. The new parking lot will facilitate connections to other communities which is Lanark County’s primary focus for the rails to trails initiative,” said Brian Stewart, Lanark Highlands Mayor and Vice President of the LCMTC.

The parking lot is 40 metres by 14 metres in size and can accommodate more than a dozen vehicles, including pickup trucks and trailers. It will be maintained in partnership with volunteers.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
613-253-0006 ext. 225
C: 613-793-2848
sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

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