On Saturday (Sept.8), the public was invited to the official grand opening of Strathcona County's Regional Trail.
 
People came out to celebrate the connection of the Strathcona County Provincial Science Park and Fort Saskatchewan through the trail system. This is the first time Strathcona County has been formally linked to the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
 
The trail is 22 kilometers long and took approximately three years to complete.
 
Mayor Rod Frank said that having the trail is great for citizens, as the trail system is frequently used by the community. The new trail allows residents to have a more local and convenient option to gain access to the valley.
 
"It's important for all people to be able to have the ability to get on the trail and move around and just enjoy the river valley," added Bob Horton with the board of directors of the River Valley Alliance.
 
When finished, the entire trail system will be 88 kilometers long and connect Devon to Sturgeon County. Strathcona County Provincial Science Park, Millennium Place, Centennial Park and the North Saskatchewan River are all connected along the trail.
 
There is still a lot of work to be done as pieces of the trail still need to be purchased and built. Horton predicts the entire project will take another 15-20 years to be fully complete.
 
The ceremony also included a barbecue and family activities for those in attendance.

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