Grand Opening of Millennium Recreational Trail’s ‘Rotary Storywalk Pathway’ Set for June 3

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This news item was posted on 5/25/2023 9:45:00 AM and is an archived post

NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The City of Niagara Falls is inviting residents to celebrate the grand opening of the Millennium Recreational Trail’s Rotary Storywalk Pathway at a special event on Saturday, June 3, starting at 11 am.

The opening of the Rotary Storywalk Pathway marks the completion of the City’s Millennium Recreational Trail system, which spans over 7.5 kilometres along the Ontario Power Generation Canal, from McLeod Road to Whirlpool Road. The Millennium Recreational Trail system is made up of six (6) different sections in total. The first section of the Millennium Recreational Trail, the John McCall MacBain Pathway, was constructed in 1999.

The grand opening event, which starts at 11 am at Carolyn Park, will include a ribbon cutting and ceremonial speeches (11:20 am), followed by the planting of 20 native trees throughout the area (11:30 am).

The Rotary Storywalk Pathway is unique from the other five sections of the Millennium Trail. It features 40-panel boards on the sides of the trail that can be used for storytelling and educational purposes. Children and families can follow the narrative along their walk by visiting each of the different Storyboards in sequence along the trail.

Quote from The Rotary Club of Niagara
“The Rotary Club of Niagara Falls is pleased to partner with the Library and the City in making this trail more than just a walk in the park. Our Club’s focus on children and literacy is a perfect fit for the incredible opportunity the Storywalk Pathway offers for families to spend time together and to learn the love of reading,” said John Beyer of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls.

Quote from the Niagara Falls Public Library
“Storywalks bring literacy to Niagara Falls residents in a fun and engaging way, and we are honoured to partner with Niagara Falls Rotary Club and the City of Niagara Falls on this special project,” said Niagara Falls Public Library CEO Alicia Subnaik Kilgour. “Parks, like libraries, are community spaces for everyone to enjoy, and they provide a unique opportunity to pair literacy with outdoor activities. The Rotary Storywalk Trail partnership allows us to take the library outside our physical walls, meet the community in unexpected ways and places, and share stories which reflect our entire city.”

Quote from the City of Niagara Falls
“We love offering value and adding more to explore. Our incredible trail system is one of the greatest points of pride in our community, with scenic routes spanning the length of our city,” said Mayor Jim Diodati. “The unveiling of the Storywalk adds to the educational and cultural ways families can enjoy our trails. From historical plaques to exercise equipment and now the Storywalk, there are new things to see and explore around every turn. Thank you for the great support from our friends at Niagara Falls Rotary Clubs and Niagara Falls Public Library for this partnership.”

For more information, contact:
Jeff Guarasci
Community Development Coordinator
City of Niagara Falls
P: 905-356-7521 ext.3341
C: 905-380-8263
[email protected]

Posted on: 5/25/2023 9:45 AM - Category: Media Releases