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CITY OF MOOSE JAW TRAILS AND PATHWAYS MASTER PLAN 

The City of Moose Jaw has partnered with Lees+Associates for the creation of a Trails and Pathways Master Plan which will help guide the development of a comprehensive, destination-based trail network as part of a greater active transportation network within the City over the next 10 years. 

The project is fully funded through a successful grant application to the federal government’s Active Transportation Fund and is intended to help support Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy. 

About the Trails and Pathways Master Plan Project 

The City of Moose Jaw has a network of over 40 km of trails and pathways which were established concurrently with the growth of new city neighborhoods and in partnership with non-profit and community groups. The Trails & Pathways Master Plan will build upon the existing network with a focus on improving connectivity, safety, accessibility, and environmental resiliency while providing opportunities to better educate the community on the benefits of active transportation. 

The development of a comprehensive future trail network is dependent on several systems working in harmony. The Trails and Pathways Master Plan will be developed to work with other modes of transportation and create an integrated network that considers both alternative transportation and public transit system options. As part of the future of the trails in Moose Jaw, there will be a strong focus on improved connectivity and improving access to key areas such as the downtown core, the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, local high schools, community centres such as the Yara Centre as well as linkages to surrounding areas such as 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Canadian Forces Base. 

Trails and Master Plan Project Goals 

The goal of the City of Moose Jaw Trails and Pathways Master Plan process is to create a user-friendly document that provides planning guidelines and recommendations for the City’s trail and pathway network over the next 10 years. The plan will also identify priorities and strategies to meet community needs based on annual funding available for these services. 

The overall goals and areas of focus include: 

  • Completion of a background review which examines the current state of the trails & pathways network, including an inventory of the existing network. 
  • Development of planning and design guiding principles for a multi-use trail system that ben be used year-round while being adaptable to current active transportation trends. 
  • Completion of a community-based consultation process for plan development considerations and priorities. 
  • Identification of opportunities for connectivity, accessibility, safety, and amenity improvements. 
  • Preparation of a prioritized capital development and renewal plan for the trails and pathway network. 
  • Assessment and review of the trails and pathways maintenance standards and recommendations for improvement. 
  • A review of existing rules and guidelines with improvement recommendations and signage guidelines. 
  • A review of current mapping and examining opportunities to implement online interactive maps to supplement the existing printed map kiosks along the trail system. 
  • Incorporation of economic feasibility and environmental impacts into the plan. 
  • Identify opportunities to further educate the community on the benefits of active transportation while encouraging appropriate trail use and etiquette. 
  • Promoting the City’s culture and heritage through interpretative displays along the trail network. 
  • Assistance with the development of design specifications for future trail and pathway development. 
  • Assistance in researching funding sources and opportunities for partnerships and provision of trail and pathway expansion by others. 
  • Examining areas of joint maintenance opportunities including a review of the trails and pathway system through the Wakamow Valley. 
  • Reviewing provincial and national standards for trails and pathway development and incorporating best practices with the plan. 

The Trails & Pathways Master Plan will also contain the results of community engagement activities including: 

    • Household and stakeholder surveys. 
    • Interviews and focus groups with various interest groups. 
    • Consultation with the Project Team, Advisory Committees, City Council and City Administration. 

      Trails and Master Plan Project Phases & Schedule 

    Parks & Trails

    The appeal of a community’s urban environment is often measured by the quality of its parks and trails. Moose Jaw is fortunate to a number of ornamental and natural parks along with a trail network that spans over 40kms.

    Moose Jaw’s extensive system of parkland and trails helps improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

    Crescent Park, located in the downtown core, is the centrepiece of Moose Jaw’s urban parkland. Waterfalls, fountains, water fowl and a wide variety of plant species make a venture into the park an exciting and interesting experience. There are also a number of natural parks that add to the community’s park network.

    Ornamental Parks

    Nature Parks

    • Happy Valley: 1200 Block Wolfe Ave.
    • Spring Creek Park: 10th Ave. N.W. & Laurier St.
    • Sunningdale Nature Park: Corner of Avens Rd. & Thatcher Dr.
    • Connors Park: 9th Ave. S.W. (Wakamow Valley)
    • River Park: River Park Drive (Wakamow Valley)
    • Tatawaw Park: 7th Ave S.W.

    Trails

    City of Moose Jaw Trail Map

    Pathway and Sidewalk Snow Clearing Map

    Over 40 kilometres of trails encircle the city. Joggers, walkers and inline enthusiasts all take advantage of the varied terrain and sites along the Trails to enhance their outdoor experience. The pathway system winds through well manicured and treed areas into untouched prairie landscape. Urban sections and environmentally significant loop portions add an interesting dimension.

    • Cross-Country Ski Trail: Two cross country ski trails are maintained during the winter months.
    • Devonian Trail: 4.2 km trail 5th Ave S. E. & Fairford St. E.
    • Rotary Trail: 32.3 km. trail around Moose Jaw
    • Trans-Canada Trail
    • 10 km trail from Coteau St E. & 8th Ave. S.E. to Connor Park
    • Wakamow Ecological Trail: 1 km trail 7th Ave. S.W.
    • Story Trail: travel along the path and read one page at a time at different stops along the Story Trail. Story Trail starts at the corner of Coteau St W and 16th Ave SW.

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