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New path system to cost Calgary $6M

Calgary’s pathway system will be getting a major addition along the city’s east side.

Parks Foundation Calgary announced yesterday that it will be building 10 kilometres of bicycle pathways called the East Calgary Greenway, from Airport Trail down to the Elliston Park Region at 17 Avenue SE.

“This is an exciting, dynamic undertaking for Parks Foundation Calgary. It will build on Calgary’s extensive pathway network as well as signal a new era for our organization,” said Myrna Dubé, president of the Parks Foundation Calgary.

The Parks Foundation hopes to have the new pathway built by the end of this year.

The new leg project will cost the city and the non-profit organization $6 million.

This is part of the parks foundation’s Calgary Perimeter Greenway, which will be a 120-kilometre route of pathways going around the entire city along the ring road.

Although the Parks Foundation feels like these paths will benefit Calgary and its residents, some locals aren’t convinced.

“I don’t know that it is necessary,” said Vince Chew, who lives minutes away from the proposed pathway. “I doubt I would use it and I think there’s probably better things that $6 million could be spent on.”

Chew feels like there are already plenty of pathways in the city and would like to see the city concentrate on the ones we already have.

“I would rather see our current pathways repaved first, especially the ones along the river,” said Chew.

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