Hike NS

HALIFAX (17 FEbruary 2006) -- A NUMBER of representatives for various walking groups, community health organizations and trail groups from around the province met recently in Stellarton's Museum of Industry resulting in the establishing of Hike NS.

This new recreation group intends to be an advocate for all those walking, hiking and snowshoeing in Nova Scotia, and to mobilize participation in upcoming Trails Act consultations for the province.

The recreation group will work to encourage walking, hiking, rambling and snowshoeing in Nova Scotia. Foot-powered transportation is the largest group of outdoor enthusiasts in the province. As forms of healthy active living these types of recreation are growing in leaps and bounds. Hike NS intends to represent this ever growing population, coordinating efforts between government, community groups and other outdoor recreation or active transportation groups.

Hike NS aims to encourage good hiking practices; act as an advocate for the walking public or a club that needs assistance; to promote healthy lifestyle choices through the benefits of recreational walking and active transportation; support and recognize the efforts of trail builders and managers; increase the awareness of heritage trails; provide a forum for sharing ideas, interests, pooling resources and forming partnerships; and work with similar or complimentary groups to achieve common goals.

A General Meeting will be held this fall to finalize policy, constitutional by-laws and establish a membership. We encourage All interested parties to participate in the process are encouraged to participate.

The new recreation user group is being assured of assistance from the Department of Health Promotion through Sport and Recreation. Ted Scrutton, Coordinator, Outdoor Recreation, took on the role of the facilitator for the founding meeting which was organized by NS Trails Executive Director, Jim Vance, and Debra McNabb of the Museum of Industry.

Interim Officers are Eliz Holly Woodill from Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Assoc and Hostelling International as President; Geoff Nishi from Mabou & District Community Development Assoc as Vice President; Jim Vance of NS Trails as Secretary; Dick Miles of HRM as Treasurer; and Angela Chisholm of Scott Walking Adventures as a Director at Large. Other Task Team volunteers at the meeting were Dawn D'Arcy, Bruce Duffy, Alvin Martell, Dusan Soudek, Gordon Warnica, and Steve Vines

*Elizabeth Holly Woodill is chair of the Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Assoc and interim president, Hike NS. she may be reached at: chpta@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-462-5706

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