BOWDEN — The town may finally get at least part of a trail system in town created and paved – depending on the cost, Town of Bowden Mayor Robb Stuart says.
In any case, he says a playground, expected to cost about $65,000, “is a go” adjacent to the arena.
Stuart anticipates that project will be done in the summer.
The proposed trail system would go from the rodeo grounds north through some discontinued alleys and through the park by the arena.
However, how much actually gets done depends on the bill.
“I think we budgeted $300,000 and the lowest bid came in at $700,000 or something like that, so we’re rethinking about – if we do do it, how much of it we’re going to do," Stuart said during an interview with the Albertan.
“We’re not going to get the whole thing done.”
The idea of creating a trail system in Bowden has been kicked around for at least a couple of years.
But in that time, the cost of asphalt has risen a lot.
Safety has been a driver for the trail.
“We have a lot of pedestrians that walk out to the rodeo grounds or down to Highway 2A for their exercise, and it’s not good for them," Stuart said.
“We'll see what the tenders come in at,” he said.
Council is also thinking of eventually installing a dog park across the railway tracks as well.
Editor's note: This article has been updated from the original to correct the spelling of Bowden.