Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood (left) and Coun. Bill Seymour are excited about the possibilities that come with a proposed walking trail in Shearstown.
As the weather warms around the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region, more and more nature enthusiasts are taking to walking the numerous trails.
With each passing day, evenings become longer and the pull of a brisk stroll outside becomes stronger and stronger.
From the Shoreline Walk in Bay Roberts to the Gull Island Boardwalk, there is no shortage of scenic trails to experience in the region.
Now, Bay Roberts is looking to add another walking jewel to the area.
Dubbed the Goose Pond Walking Trail, community officials are excited about the possibilities that come with the trail located in Shearstown.
“It’s a beautiful area,” said Coun. Bill Seymour.
On your stroll around the sky blue pond you might even spot some wildlife in the wetlands.
Seymour said visitors can see birds, moose, rabbits, or squirrels.
“Not only is it a relaxing walking trail, there’s a lot of wildlife here,” said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood.
Division of pond
As explained by Wood, on the shore of Goose Pond, the Spaniard’s Bay town boundary goes down the middle of the pond.
This meant Bay Roberts had to go to Spaniard’s Bay before developing the trail.
There is no way Spaniard’s Bay can get to the walking trail without having to go around the woods.
There is a written agreement from both councils stating Spaniard’s bay will have no obligation or responsibly. However, Wood said this should not be a deterrent to people from outside Bay Roberts to not enjoy the trail.
“There was a lot of co-operating with the Town of Spaniard's Bay,” he said. “We need their permission for the other side.
"Their residents are obviously free to come over and use it. Anybody, visitors and residences alike, can use it.”
Wood said it's hoped the project can be completed in the next couple years.
He said the town has committed approximately $25,000 of its own money and is hoping to get matching funding from government.
So what's next?
According to Wood, the plans are to continue until the trail is completely around the pond.
The next phase is infrastructure such as picnic tables, and applying a layer of stone on the trail.
Seymour has been touting the pond far and wide. He has great confidence in the project.
“It’s going to be nice when it's done,” said Seymour.
“There’s nothing nicer than towns with walking trails, people love walking around ponds and lakes, and this is the closest one in town,” add Seymour.
— Laura Griffin is completing a field placement at The Compass as part of a two-year program in journalism at the Stephenville campus of the College of the North Atlantic.