Lately a lot of people have been asking Walter Regan when the bridge across the Sackville River behind the Lion’s Club is going to be finished. “I’m getting lots of calls,” says the president and founder of the Sackville Rivers Association. “People can’t wait for the bridge to be finished.” He tells them all the same thing: the bridge and the trail that it connects will be completed soon, hopefully in time for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017. “We’re hoping for a big ribbon-cutting ceremony,” he says.
Regan is one of the driving forces behind the Sackville Greenway Trail, a project that will eventually see a multi-use active transportation trail developed along the length of the Sackville River. Today the trail connects the communities of Bedford and Sackville via a pass under Highway 102 — the first walking trail to do so. The section currently under development is known as Section B. “Eventually we hope to see it extended all the way to Mount Uniacke,” says Regan. “We expect it will take 20 years to complete.”