Hopeful start"It shouldn't be a big deal, so hopefully McMaster will get behind the idea."
GoalRemove barriers to access on the trail between McMaster parking lot "P" and the west side of the bridge over Cootes.
- The barriers are cement and other debris blocking the lower access point to the trail at Lot P
- No trespassing sign
- The "speed humps" on the actual trail, making the trail more dangerous.
This trail was part of the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary, 1958-1963.
This is the longest, mostly intact, surviving trail, after campus parking lot expansion into west campus in 1968. McMaster bought the land from the RBG in 1963.
We will be asking McMaster University to remove barriers to this section of trail (see red stars on map), so that people can use it safely. (blocked at both ends, and “speed humps” on trail)
We also want to commemorate the history of the area in some way with some sort of sign/plaque. Rather than treating this historic path as a liability, we want McMaster to celebrate the natural footpath and history of the area.
There is no need for “no trespassing” signs on this historical trail. Use the same signage as the Lakelet Path and embrace the remaining beauty of the footpath known as Maria's Walk. Remove the barriers, and welcome people to enjoy the trail.
Who to contact?
- Let the university know you want the path opened and repaired with a polite correspondence: contact Roger Couldrey, VP Administration at McMaster: email@example.com or (905) 525-9140, ext. 24755 (please cc or send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can gauge the interest and arrange follow-up here at Restore Cootes)
- Want to get more involved behind the scenes? Or maybe you think this campaign is misguided? Do you have some ideas you want to share? Contact OPIRG McMaster at 905-525-9140 x26026 or e-mail Randy at email@example.com.
- January 2013 account of finding Maria's Walk at http://dundaswalks.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-reincarnation-of-marias-walk.html?spref=bl
- Blog and Map combining topographic info from pre-parking onto of recent satellite image of area, showing changes to area (including moving Ancaster Creek) and a GPS track of Maria's Walk http://restorecootes.blogspot.ca/2013/02/topo-world.html