Dillon and the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission were honoured with a 2018 Planning Excellence Award in the Special Research Study category for the Coastal Link Trail Feasibility Study. The study helped to determine the future orientation, design and construction of a regional trail system stretching 177 km across southwest New Brunswick to connect the East Coast Greenway to the Great Trail. The study identified and established recreational community development opportunities, priorities associated with trail development, and capital and operational expenditures.
Innovative solutions and a values-based approach were used to engage with both the public and stakeholders by conducting an online-survey, two stakeholder round-table meetings, and two public open houses involving over 20 communities throughout the study area. Implementation of the Coastal Link Trail is expected to commence during the Spring of 2019.
Pictured (left to right) are: Alex Henderson (Southwest New Brunswick Regional Service Commission), Stephen Stone (Dillon), Colin Simic (Dillon), Samantha Murphy (President Atlantic Planners Institute), Jamie Burke, (President, New Brunswick Association of Planners).