After some discussion by city council to re-allocate funds, surface improvements for the Mile Drive Trail at Harrison Park were approved in Owen Sound's 2020 capital budget.
According to a Community Services department budget document, the trail will be asphalt resurfaced to improve year round access, accessibility and reduce ongoing maintenance.
A portion of Mile Drive Trail is currently gravel that runs through a forested area along the east side of the Sydenham River. The trail then crosses a bridge back over the river and loops back through the west side of Harrison Park.
The budgeted cost for the project is $100,000.
The trail improvements survived a close vote from council Thursday as Coun. John Tamming introduced a motion to strike the item from the budget and instead apply the $100,000 to asphalt road resurfacing.
The motion found support from councillors Brock Hamley and Scott Greig, but was defeated as councillors Travis Dodd, Richard Thomas, Carol Merton and Deputy Mayor Brian O'Leary voted against it.
"Two years ago we took a lot of heat for surfacing the front of the trail at Harrison Park, and it has been the best thing we've ever done in that park" Thomas says. "People have stopped me to comment how grateful they are for paving that part of the trail."
Work to resurface the Mile Drive Trail is expected to begin in June 2020 and should take about one month to complete, according to a city document outlining the proposal.
The project will be funded with a portion of the city's federal gas tax allocation for 2020.