Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Pedestrian Bridge for South Huron Trail Project

Artwork by Randy Jones, courtesy of the artist
Artwork by Randy Jones, courtesy of the artist

You can make your community safer and more active by supporting the community project to complete the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Project.

With your help, we can complete the Jones Bridge Project. You can be part of the community effort that is making this dream into a reality.

To donate, call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or donate by PayPal by clicking button below:

You may also call one of your community representatives on the community working group.

Until now, people have had to walk beside vehicle traffic on Morrison Line to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail. Your donation is helping us to change that by providing a safer, more scenic alternative.

The bridge is downstream of Morrison Dam. Jones Bridge gives trail users a safer, more scenic alternative to walking along Morrison Line.

To find out more about the Pedestrian Trail Bridge Project download the brochure at this link:

The steel bridge links the two existing sections of the South Huron Trail.

The bridge is now open for trail users with final landscaping to be completed in the spring. 

Approaches and ancillary structures will be established in the new year and donations are still needed for the bridge project to reach the $300,000 goal.

Jones Bridge is a 52-metre steel bridge. The bridge has Corten anti-slip deck planks (the deck planks are made out of self-weathering steel that creates a protective rust coating through natural processes). 

The bridge is suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility), and winter visitors. The completion of this project could enhance use of the trail for decades.

The use of the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron trail has increased and vehicle traffic on Morrison Line seems to have increased as well. That two-lane municipal road was the only way for people to link the north and south sides of the MacNaughton-Morrison and Morrison Dam Conservation Area sections of the South Huron Trail.

The speed limit has been reduced and trail crossing signs were installed. The new pedestrian trail bridge is yet one more added feature for trail users and the project can be completed in 2019 with your help.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation was incorporated in 1974 as a registered, charitable, non-profit organization that promotes accessible trails and other conservation projects in Ausable Bayfield watersheds.

Pedestrian Trail Bridge in the News

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December 10, 2018:

Exeter Chrysler helps to build bridge to safer, more active community

Exeter Chrysler has made a generous platinum-level donation of $5,000 to the community project to build Jones Bridge, a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail. 

Presenting this donation, from Exeter Chyrsler, are (from left to right in photo): Janet Clarke; Matt Clarke; Stephen Clarke; and Mike Clarke. Accepting this community-minded donation are Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Community Working Group members Dave Frayne, Chair; Linda Wilhelm; and Tom Prout. 

Thanks to this donation, there is about $40,000 left to raise to reach the $300,000 goal to complete the project. To donate or to find out more visit abca.ca

December 3, 2018

First steps on Jones Bridge

It was an exciting moment as members of the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Community Working Group took ceremonial ‘first steps’ on Jones Bridge after the new trail bridge was placed at the South Huron Trail site, downstream of Morrison Dam, in November of 2018. 

Shown in photo, from left to right, are Kate Monk (staff advisor); Tom Prout, Community Working Group Member; Brian Horner (staff advisor); and other members of the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Community Working Group – Dave Frayne, Chair; Lorne Rideout; Linda Wilhelm; and Peter Darbishire. Not shown in photo are community working group members Lawrence Stevens and Paul Anstett. 

The bridge is now open for trail users with final landscaping to be completed in the Spring. Donations of more than $252,500 have been received but $47,500 still needs to be raised. The community group hopes to finish fundraising in the next few months and host an official bridge opening and donor recognition ceremony in April of 2019. 

November 26, 2018:

Celebrating Giving Tuesday by giving thousands of dollars in community grants

On Giving Tuesday, November 27, the Grand Bend Community Foundation announced its 2018 grants – more than $60,000 in funding to community groups and initiatives across our region. 

To prepare for Giving Tuesday, Foundation board members fanned out across the region to meet with grantees and hand out cheques. “The grants reflect the breadth of philanthropic activity in this area,” said Chair Penny Nelligan. “From children and youth to seniors, from the environment to the arts, the Foundation supported activities that enrich and enliven our communities. As you can see, there were lots of big smiles as we delivered the cheques.” 

(For more photos of cheque presentations, you are invited to check out the Grand Bend Community Foundation Facebook page during the week of November 26, 2018.)

The Grand Bend Community Foundation was established in 2001 with proceeds from the sale of Grand Bend’s Public Utilities Commission. Beginning with an investment of $1.5 million, the Foundation has granted approximately $1.5 million to local charities, and currently holds $2.4 million in permanent investments. “The generosity and vision of our donors have enabled us to make a real impact on our communities,” said Treasurer Tim Sweet. 

Secretary Shirley Andraza added that, “We’re all very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

This year (2018), the granting included funds from the growing South Huron Community Fund, created with contributions from generous philanthropists in South Huron and held within the Grand Bend Community Foundation.

The 2018 grant recipients are:

  • Canadian Cancer Society, to support the Wheels of Hope program, which uses volunteer drivers to take Grand Bend area cancer patients to medical appointments and treatments.
  • Diabetes Canada, to enable one child from this area to attend an educational summer camp.
  • The Global Literacy project, to recycle surplus school furniture and supplies by sending them to developing countries.
  • The Grand Bend Legion, to support the installation of an elevator at this important community facility.
  • To Jessica’s House, to help defray the cost of transferring patients from hospital to the hospice.
  • To Wednesday’s Familiar Favorites Concert Series, to improve the quality of sound during the popular beachfront concerts.
  • To Sauble Court, to replace the gas fireplace in the lounge, the only source of heat during a power outage.
  • To Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron to support group programming and in-school mentoring.
  • To OneCare to support the purchase of new footcare equipment for use at the Grand Bend clinic, and to offer blood pressure clinics in Exeter.
  • To Easter Seals, to enable one child from this area to attend a summer camp for children with disabilities.
  • To the Grand Bend Art Centre, to support the music program at Grand Bend Public School.
  • To the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, to support the Jones Bridge project, making the community safer and more active with a new Pedestrian Bridge (downstream of Morrison Dam) on the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail.
  • To Bosanquet Public School, to support science and technology workshops.

The Foundation hopes that Giving Tuesday will inspire people in our region to contribute to the Grand Bend Community Foundation as part of their annual charitable donations.  “It’s wonderful to be part of something that touches lives right here at home,” said Past Chair Judy McDonald.

To learn more, visit the Grand Bend Community Foundation website:

November 21, 2018:

Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group asks people to donate to Jones Bridge project as year’s end draws near

Where did November go? The year 2018 is drawing to a close and now is an excellent time to consider charitable donations, according to the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Community Working Group.

The bridge working group Chair says that by donating to the project now, before the end of 2018, you may receive tax benefits in just a few months’ time. “Now is a perfect time of year to donate, to receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes,” said Dave Frayne, Chair of the Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group. Donations received by December 31, 2018 are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes which can be used when preparing your 2018 personal income tax return. 

The community working group also encourages you to consider a donation to the bridge in lieu of another type of present for that hard-to-buy-for person in your family or circle of friends. Businesses might also consider a donation to the bridge project at holiday corporate parties this season.

You can donate today by phoning Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. Or, you could visit the office east of Exeter to make a donation by credit card, debit, cheque, or cash. You could also donate online at abca.ca. Or, you could contact any of the members of the community working group. Their names are in the bridge brochure available online and in printed copies.

The community working group asks you to make cheques payable to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation with ‘Jones Bridge’ or ‘Pedestrian Trail Bridge’ on the memo line.

The community has donated or pledged more than $250,000 to the bridge project and there is $50,000 more needed to complete the work. The 52-metre bridge was placed at the site in November and there is still work to be finished to complete the trail approaches and ancillary structures for the bridge project this year and in the spring of 2019. “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the generous donors who have supported the Jones Bridge Project,” Frayne said. “We encourage people to continue their support of this project to build a bridge to a safer, more active community and help us complete this needed addition to our community.” 

There will be recognition for donors of certain funding levels at a new kiosk at the entrance to the bridge to ensure a lasting legacy of the donation. To find out more, please contact Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation or any of the community members on the bridge working group.

Currently, users of the South Huron Trail have to walk beside vehicle traffic along the Morrison Line roadway in order to travel from one section of the trail to the other. The new bridge offers a safer, more scenic alternative.

November 16, 2018

Jones Bridge lifted, placed at future home of pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail

The local community has surpassed $250,000 in donations or pledges raised for a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail. There is a need for $50,000 more in donations to reach the fundraising goal to complete the Jones Bridge project. It is a milestone to have reached the $250,000 mark in money raised for this project “building a bridge to a safer, more active community.” Another major milestone was the lifting and placing of the bridge structure on the pier and abutments at the bridge site, downstream of Morrison Dam, on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Television, radio, and newspaper reporters were at the bridge site on Thursday to record the historic placement of the steel bridge. The contractor, VanDriel Excavating Inc., placed the two sections of Jones Bridge on the pier and abutments on Thursday. The contractors used two large excavators to move, lift, and place the bridge, which was built by Iron Bridge Fabrication Inc. of Brunner.

The complete steel bridge is 52 metres in length and has anti-slip deck planks, self-weathering steel that creates a protective rust coating through natural processes, and galvanized steel railings on the bridge’s insides.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation hopes to make an announcement in the coming weeks when the bridge is to be open to the public and when sections of the MacNaughton-Morrison Section of the South Huron Trail are to be reopened. In the meantime, there is still some construction work to be finished at the bridge site, including work on trail surfaces and ancillary structures so the public is reminded to stay away from the construction site. Ausable Bayfield Conservation posts Notices of Service Disruptions related to the trail on the abca.ca website on this web page link: www.abca.ca/newsitems.php?type=disruptions

Currently, users of the South Huron Trail have to walk beside vehicle traffic along the Morrison Line roadway in order to travel from one section of the trail to the other. Thanks to the community support for Jones Bridge, people will soon be able to travel from one trail section to the other without walking beside vehicle traffic in order to do it.

The bridge is called Jones Bridge as it is dedicated by Donna Jones, in loving memory of Ted Jones. Ted Jones was a dedicated community volunteer and conservationist and a long-time director of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and a long-time member of the Exeter Lions Club.

Donations to the Jones Bridge project, made directly to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes. To learn more, or to donate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are also invited to contact any of the members of the community working group. Their names are in the bridge brochure available online and in printed copies.

November 9, 2018

More than 250 people attend Owl Prowl, help to raise $900 in donations for new pedestrian bridge on South Huron Trail

Attendees at Owl Prowl help to make community safer, more active 

The annual Owl Prowl event at Morrison Dam Conservation Area is more popular than ever with more than 250 people having attended the owl-themed event east of Exeter on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “We were very pleased to have such tremendous turnout again this year,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation Educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “The Owl Prowl continues to draw people from all over the region. It was a great evening.”  

The owl event raised funds for Jones Bridge, which will provide a safer, more scenic alternative for people so students, nature campers, and other trail users won’t have to walk by the roadway beside vehicle traffic to enjoy both sections of the popular South Huron Trail. Attendees at the Owl Prowl donated $900 towards Jones Bridge, the new pedestrian bridge being built on the South Huron Trail to make the community safer and more active. “We would like to thank all who attended for their generous support of Jones Bridge,” said Iszczuk. “We would also like to give special thanks to the many volunteers who helped to make this an enjoyable event for all.”

Ausable Bayfield Conservation, with sponsorship support by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, hosted the event about these amazing, local nocturnal animals. Children and youths, accompanied by parents and guardians, learned about these important nighttime creatures.

Owls didn’t make an appearance on the trails this year but people attending the event had the chance to meet some live owls, thanks to Conservation Halton’s Mountsberg Raptor Centre. The crowd of interested people also learned about owls through presentations and activities.

Thousands of people have learned about owls and their amazing nocturnal adaptations over the years through engaging multimedia presentations at this yearly moonlit guided hike to call for owls. To find out more about the Owl Prowl, or to donate to the Jones Bridge Project, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

October 25, 2018

South Huron Optimist Club donates to Jones Bridge Project

The South Huron Optimist Club has donated $1,000 to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation towards the community project to build a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail. 

Presenting the donation (from left to right in photo) are Rachel Skillen, President of the South Huron Optimist Club; and Nicole Glavin, a member of the South Huron Optimist Club. Accepting the donation, on behalf of the Conservation Foundation and the Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group, is Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “Our mandate is to support youth and families in our community,” said Rachel Skillen, President of the South Huron Optimist Club. “We are so happy to support this project as it will increase safety and promote use of the trail for families, as well as daycare and school programs.” 

To donate to the pedestrian bridge project, please visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or speak with one of the Pedestrian Bridge Community  Working Group members.

October 19, 2018:

Pedestrian bridge construction to begin

The construction of the much-anticipated Jones Bridge downstream of Morrison Dam is about to begin. The construction work at the pedestrian bridge site is to begin as early as the week of October 22, 2018, according to Kate Monk, ABCA’s Manager of Stewardship, Land and Education. Sections of the MacNaughton-Morrison Trail will be closed during construction and installation. People must avoid the pedestrian bridge area, downstream of Morrison Dam, during the period of construction, according to Monk.

Ausable Bayfield Conservation will post Notices of Service Disruptions related to the trail on the abca.ca website on this web page link: 

Donations are still needed to fund the project. More than $235,000 has already been donated or pledged and another $65,000 is needed. 

The continuing fundraising campaign is not slowing down the progress of this project ‘building a bridge to a safer, more active community.’ Iron Bridge Fabrication Inc. of Brunner, Ontario is manufacturing the bridge structure. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) has selected VanDriel Excavating Inc., of the Clinton area, as the winning tender to do the work needed to erect the bridge including pouring abutments and installation of the bridge. B. M. Ross and Associates Limited, of Goderich, is the project’s consulting engineer.

An on-site meeting was held at the bridge site on October 15, 2018 with representatives of the conservation authority, the contractor, the engineer, the Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group, Friends of the South Huron Trail, and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). Work is proceeding on schedule. Construction and installation of the bridge should be completed before the end of November, according to Monk. There may be additional work and ancillary structures completed in the new year.

The bridge is to be called Jones Bridge and it is dedicated by Donna Jones, in loving memory of Ted Jones. Ted Jones was a dedicated community volunteer and conservationist and a long-time director of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and a long-time member of the Exeter Lions Club.

Some trail users currently have to walk beside vehicle traffic beside the roadway over Morrison Dam in order to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail. The new pedestrian bridge will change that by offering a safer, more scenic alternative. The proposed bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility), and winter visitors.

Donations to the Jones Bridge project, made directly to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes. To learn more, or to donate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are also invited to contact any of the members of the community working group. Their names are in the bridge brochure available online and in printed copies.

Meeting at future site of Jones Bridge

A meeting was held on October 15, 2018, downstream of Morrison Dam, at the future site of the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail. 

Shown at the on-site meeting, from left to right in photo, are: Alec Scott, consultant; Kate Monk, ABCA Manager of Stewardship, Land and Education; Peter Darbishire and Lorne Rideout, Pedestrian Bridge Community  Working Group members; Tommy Kokas, ABCA Water Resources E.I.T.; Daniel King, ABCA Regulations Coordinator; Ryan Munn, P.Eng., B. M. Ross and Associates Limited; and Derrick VanDriel, VanDriel Excavating Inc. 

August 29, 2018:

Bob Down makes platinum-level donation to new pedestrian bridge on South Huron Trail

Another generous community member has made a platinum-level donation to Jones Bridge, a new pedestrian bridge to be built on the South Huron Trail. Bob Down, of the Exeter area, is the latest person to make a donation at this level to help make the community safer and more active. 

The Chairman of the Pedestrian Trail Bridge Community Working Group, Dave Frayne, was taking part at the 2018 South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament, a Jones Bridge fundraising event where Bob was volunteering. 

At the tournament, the community group chairman thanked Bob Down for his personal donation to the bridge project. “I would like to convey to Bob my personal thanks, as well as the appreciation of the entire community working group, for this generous donation,” said Frayne. “Donations like this one will help us to realize the dream of making our community safer and more active by building Jones Bridge, a safer and more scenic alternative to walking along the road beside vehicle traffic in order to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail.”

Platinum-level donations are donations of $5,000 or more to the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail, a project of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and many community partners.

Right now, some trail users have to walk beside vehicle traffic along the roadway over Morrison Dam in order to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail. A new pedestrian bridge can change that by offering a safer, more scenic alternative. Donations of all sizes are welcome to support the bridge project. Donation levels include Platinum ($5,000 and over); Gold (between $2,000 and $4,999); Silver ($500 to $1,999); and Bronze (donations of all amounts up to $499). Donations to the project, made directly to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes. 

The Pedestrian Trail Bridge Community Working Group held a brief ceremony in June to honour the early Platinum and Gold level donors who kick-started the current fundraising campaign to build Jones Bridge on the South Huron Trail. Bob Down is one of the community members who have donated to the bridge project since that event.

The donation by Bob Down, combined with the $6,000 raised at the 2018 South Huron Trail Golf Tournament, has helped the pedestrian bridge fundraising campaign surpass $220,000 in pledges and donations to date. More is still needed to make the dream reality. To learn more, or to donate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are also invited to contact any of the members of the community working group.

August 29, 2018:

South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tourney raises $6,000 for pedestrian bridge on South Huron Trail

Annual charitable golf tournament has raised more than $58,000 for South Huron Trail; has raised close to $20,000 for Jones Bridge

The South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament on August 27, 2018 raised more than $6,000 towards a new pedestrian trail bridge on the South Huron Trail. 

The community golf tournament, started by local volunteers and now hosted by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation with volunteer support, has raised more than $58,000 for the South Huron Trail over the fundraising event’s history dating back more than a dozen years. The golf tournament has raised close to $20,000 of those funds, since 2015, towards the construction of Jones Bridge. 

“I would like to thank all the event sponsors, golfers, and community volunteers who helped to raise $6,000, at the 2018 event, for Jones Bridge,” said Bob Radtke, Chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF). “This support helps us get closer to our goal of making the community safer and more active with a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail.”

The winning team at the 2018 charity golf tourney was Bernard Nymeyer; Peter Phillips; Darren Scrimgeour; and Bob Huck. The putting contest was a tie with Larry Wein and Luanne McCarthy as shared winners. Kelly Vader was winner of the women’s longest drive contest and David Bassaco was the men’s longest drive winner. Karel Hodgert won the women’s closest-to-the-hole competition and the men’s closest-to-the-hole winner was Paul Hodgins.

The 13th Annual South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament took place on August 27, 2018 at Ironwood Golf Club at 70969 Morrison Line, east of Exeter. To learn more visit southhurontrail.com. To donate to the Pedestrian Trail Bridge project visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or talk to one of the Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group members.

June 28, 2018:

Exeter Lions Club supports Jones Bridge project with $15,000 

Community campaign to build pedestrian trail bridge surpasses $200,000 in donations or pledges with $90,000 more to go to turn dream into reality

The Exeter Lions Club has donated $15,000 to the campaign to make the community safer and more active with a new pedestrian trail bridge on the South Huron Trail. The Exeter Lions Club commitment has helped the campaign to build Jones Bridge to surpass $200,000 donated or pledged by the community to date. The community fundraising partners hope to raise another $90,000 to make the bridge dream a reality in 2018.

The bridge is to be called Jones Bridge and it is dedicated by Donna Jones, in loving memory of Ted Jones. Ted Jones was a long-time member of the Exeter Lions Club and a dedicated community volunteer and conservationist.

“I would like to personally thank the Exeter Lions Club for their generous support of the project to build a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail,” said Kate Monk, Manager of Stewardship, Land and Education with Ausable Bayfield Conservation. “Their commitment and vision bring the community closer to the achievement of a bridge that will provide a safer and more scenic alternative to walking beside vehicle traffic in order to enjoy both sections of the trail.” 

“On behalf of the Exeter Lions Club, I would like to say how proud we are to support this worthwhile project which will make our community safer and more active and will offer health benefits for local people and visitors to our community,” said Dan Turkheim, President of the Exeter Lions Club. “The new trail bridge will be a fitting way to remember the legacy of Lion Ted Jones and his love of nature and his community involvement.”

Right now, some trail users have to walk beside vehicle traffic on the roadway over Morrison Dam in order to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail. A new pedestrian bridge can change that by offering a safer, more scenic alternative. A new pedestrian bridge would be located west of Morrison Line and link the north and south sides of the South Huron Trail. The proposed bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility), and winter visitors.

Donations to the project, made directly to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes. To learn more, or to donate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are also invited to contact any of the members of the community working group. Their names are in the bridge brochure available online and in printed copies.

EXETER LIONS CLUB DONATES $15,000 TO JONES BRIDGE – PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE ON THE SOUTH HURON TRAIL: 

The Exeter Lions Club has generously donated $15,000 to the project to make the community safer and more active by building a new pedestrian bridge on the South Huron Trail. 

Presenting the ceremonial cheque (from left to right in photo) are Exeter Lions Club members Paul Scott, Co-Treasurer; Dan Turkheim, President; and Chris Keller, Secretary; and accepting the donation on behalf of Ausable Bayfield Conservation are Kate Monk, Manager of Stewardship, Land and Education and Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. 

The Exeter Lions Club donation has helped the community surpass $200,000 in donations and pledges made to date and the bridge project community fundraisers hope to raise $90,000 more to make the bridge dream a reality in 2018.

June 11, 2018:

Community working group recognizes generosity of early Platinum, Gold donors to pedestrian trail bridge project 

Community has donated or pledged more than $180,000 to build Jones Bridge; fundraisers hope to raise $110,000 more to turn dream into reality

The Pedestrian Trail Bridge Community Working Group held a brief ceremony on June 5, 2018 to honour the early Platinum and Gold level donors who have kick-started the community project to build Jones Bridge on the South Huron Trail. “I am so impressed by the generosity of the people in this community,” said Dave Frayne, Chairman of the Pedestrian Bridge Community Working Group. “Their generous donations bring us closer and closer to making the community safer and more active with a new pedestrian trail bridge.”

Right now, some trail users have to walk beside vehicle traffic on the roadway over Morrison Dam in order to enjoy both sections of the South Huron Trail. A new pedestrian bridge can change that by offering a safer, more scenic alternative. A new pedestrian bridge would be located west of Morrison Line and link the north and south sides of the South Huron Trail. 

The community has donated or pledged more than $180,000 so far to build Jones Bridge. The community fundraising partners hope to raise another $110,000 to make the bridge dream a reality in 2018.

The creation of a pedestrian bridge would give people a safer, more scenic alternative to walking beside vehicle traffic on the road. The proposed bridge will be suitable for pedestrians, cyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, the South Huron Trail Mobile (for people with limited mobility), and winter visitors.

Donation levels include Platinum ($5,000 and over); Gold (between $2,000 and $4,999); Silver ($500 to $1,999); and Bronze (donations of all amounts up to $499). Donations to the project, made directly to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, are eligible for charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes.

To learn more, or to donate, visit abca.ca or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are also invited to contact any of the members of the community working group.

June 30, 2017:

Jones Bridge dedicated by Donna Jones in loving memory of Ted Jones

Donna Jones, of Exeter, has donated $50,000 towards the community project to construct a new pedestrian bridge along Morrison Line, on the South Huron Trail. The bridge is to be called Jones Bridge and it is dedicated by Donna Jones, in loving memory of Ted Jones. She presented the donation on Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Administration Centre at Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. 

Shown in the photo (from left to right) are, Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Tom Prout, Past General Manager (Retired) of ABCA, and a current Director with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF); and Bob Radtke, Chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation; the donor, Donna Jones, presenting the cheque; Donna’s son, Randy Jones; and Donna’s daughter-in-law Susann Jones. 

Bob Radtke thanked Donna Jones for her generous donation: “On behalf of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation Board of Directors I would like to give my heartfelt personal thanks to Donna, who is leaving a lasting local legacy, in loving memory of her husband. Her community-minded donation, in Ted’s memory, will benefit many people for many years.” 

Brian Horner also expressed his thanks: “I want to thank Donna for her generous donation that serves as a lasting and fitting tribute to her husband, Ted Jones,” he said. “Ted gave the gift of conservation and nature enjoyment to others during his lifetime and Donna is continuing Ted’s legacy with her gift here today. This donation will make it possible for thousands of people to enjoy nature safely on this multi-use trail and that is such an extremely appropriate way to remember a man who touched so many lives.”  

A community fundraising campaign is underway for this new pedestrian bridge to be located west of Morrison Line and this generous donation is helping the campaign move much closer to its goal. A pedestrian bridge would give a new alternative to people using the road. The bridge would link the north and south sides of the trail so people would not have to walk along the roadway over Morrison Dam.   

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