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Exploring the Future: White Hills Trail Network and the National Urban Parks Strategy

Updated: Jul 2

We are pleased to report that our advocacy efforts to formalize the White Hills Trail Network have resulted in significant progress to date and the strongest relationship we have ever had with the land owner. We have an established open lines of communication and a process to seek approval and undertake necessary maintenance and repairs to existing trails. We continue to explore and advocate for all potential avenues to advance discussions related to formalized land access arrangements so the network can truly reach its full potential.


On June 14, 2024, we sent a letter to the Honourable Joanne Thompson, MP for St. John’s East to request that the White Hills Trail Network be included for consideration as a National Urban Park. AMBA firmly believes that the network strongly aligns with the goals and objectives of the National Urban Park strategy and presents the most logical and viable path forward for preserving the area as both a recreational and conservation asset. 


What is the National Urban Park Strategy?


The National Urban Parks strategy is a federal government initiative aimed at enhancing and promoting the development, management, and conservation of urban parks across the country. It focuses on integrating natural areas and green spaces into urban environments to improve the quality of life for residents, support biodiversity, provide recreational opportunities, and contribute to sustainable urban development. The strategy emphasizes collaboration between government agencies, local communities, and stakeholders to ensure that urban parks meet the diverse needs of urban populations while preserving and enhancing natural ecosystems.


If you’d like to find out more about National Urban Parks, click here.


The White Hills Trail Network is a gem for the outdoor recreation community. Nestled in our scenic landscape, these trails offer an exceptional opportunity to experience nature in the heart of the City. By securing its place under the National Urban Parks strategy, we ensure proper management and conservation efforts that will sustain these trails for generations to come.


Your Action Matters


We are once again asking our community to come together and show your support for AMBA and the White Hills Trail Network. We encourage you to take a moment to send an email to MP Joanne Thompson and Minister Stephen Guilbeault, to let them know why you believe the White Hills Trail Network deserves inclusion in the National Urban Parks strategy.


How You Can Help


  1. Send an Email: Express your support for including the White Hills Trail Network in the National Urban Parks strategy. Explain what these trails mean to you personally and how their preservation benefits our community.

  2. Spread the Word: Share this message with friends, family, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts. The more voices we have advocating for this cause, the stronger our case becomes.

  3. Stay Informed: Follow updates from AMBA to stay informed about developments regarding the inclusion of the White Hills Trail Network. Your continued engagement ensures that our community's interests are represented.


Thank you for your support!



Send your email.

Copy and paste the following into your email software or app:

I'm writing to you in support of the Avalon Mountain Bike Association (AMBA) and their request for the White Hills Trail Network to be included for consideration under the National Urban Parks strategy. 


The White Hills Trail Network is not only a significant asset for local mountain bikers but also a crucial area for promoting outdoor activities and preserving our natural heritage. Its diverse trails cater to a wide demographic, providing accessible and enjoyable experiences for outdoor recreation on a year round basis. The network's integration into the National Urban Parks strategy would undoubtedly enhance its visibility and accessibility to a broader audience, thereby promoting healthier lifestyles and fostering a greater appreciation for our natural environment.


In addition to its recreational benefits, the White Hills Trail Network plays a pivotal role in conservation efforts, serving as a habitat for diverse flora and fauna. It serves as a prime example of how urban parks can contribute to both recreational opportunities and ecological preservation in our region. By officially recognizing and supporting this area through the National Urban Parks Strategy, we can ensure its long-term preservation and sustainability for future generations to enjoy. 


I fully support the White Hills Trail Network being considered under the National Urban Parks strategy and request that the Federal Government work with AMBA to bring this initiative to fruition.


Sincerely, [Your Name]

Send your email to these elected officials:

joanne.thompson@parl.gc.ca,

Steven.Guilbeault@parl.gc.ca,

premier@gov.nl.ca,

BernardDavis@gov.nl.ca,

SteveCrocker@gov.nl.ca,

JohnAbbott@gov.nl.ca,

dbreen@stjohns.ca



 

The following letter was sent to our various elected officials with interest in this area:



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