Stewards of the McIntosh Run Watershed

Stewards of the McIntosh Run Watershed

Enhancing ecological integrity and public access

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Closure to part of the Community Trail

Closure to part of the Community Trail

The Roach’s Pond end of the McIntosh Run Community Trail will be closed while a new subdivision is being built.  The trail will be closed from the Roach’s Pond parking lot to just before the pedestrian bridge that connects to Alabaster Way. This portion of […]

Tips for responsible trail use

Tips for responsible trail use

We are really excited to see so many people out enjoying the McIntosh Run Singletrack Trails! Lets all be responsible trail users and good neighbours and do the following: Pack In, Pack Out – including picking up after your canine friends; Look and Listen for […]

In the works:   Wood-burned sign project with J.L. Isley!

In the works: Wood-burned sign project with J.L. Isley!

Chelsey Harrington, a Dalhousie student studying in  College of Sustainability, is working on an outdoor education experience for the MRWA trail system.

Through a partnership with the local high school, J.L. Ilsley, beautiful wood burned signs have been created over the years for use on the trails.

Chelsey is developing a creative way to have people engage with the signs and the surrounding watershed. “There are so many beautiful signs!” Chelsey says, “With this project, I plan on adding  numbers to each of the signs that people on the trail can put into our website and get a prompt or activity to do in nature. The goal through this project is to encourage people of all ages to go outside and explore the new trails, but also to explore their creative side! I find that I am most creative in nature and I wanted to find a way for folks to get outside and find their creativity while exploring the great outdoors. This project will encourage trail users to share their art work, poems, writings, and photos to the website to feature and encourage others to go out on the trails as well! I believe that this will aid in the younger generations to use technology in a positive way, that engages with the natural environment!”

Look for updates about the project on the MRWA website and the trail system.

 

We are hiring!!

We are hiring!!

MRWA is hiring a trail crew to work on our single track trail network. We are working to connect the Norrawarren trails to the “Fight trails” off of the Governor’s Brook subdivision. As the trail gets longer so does the walk into the worksite. This […]

2018 Annual River Cleanup with JL Ilsley

2018 Annual River Cleanup with JL Ilsley

On Saturday June 9th members of the MRWA and JL Ilsley held the annual McIntosh Run River Cleanup. Beginning at the Captain William Spry Community Centre volunteers removed shopping carts, a bicycle, a bathtub, discarded construction material, dog poop bags, plastic straws, coffee cups, and other […]

Halifax C&D Recycling supports McIntosh Run Singletrack Trails

Halifax C&D Recycling supports McIntosh Run Singletrack Trails

Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd kicked off a new initiative to recycle bicycle tires and tubes with a donation to the McIntosh Run Singletrack Trails. Thank you Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd!
You can read full details of the project in their press release below:

RECYCLER ACCEPTS BICYCLE TIRES AT NO COST TO PUBLIC

Halifax, May 28, 2018
Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd., in co-operation with Nova Scotia bicycle shops, will keep used bicycle tires and tubes out of the province’s landfill sites.
Tires and tubes can be dropped off for free at participating bicycle shops across the province for collection by Halifax C&D, which will process them into crumb rubber.
The company, Nova Scotia’s largest construction and demolition recycler and the province’s only tire recycling company, will fund the program without government involvement.
“We’ve been looking at bicycle tires for two years and we feel the timing is right for us,” said company vice president Mike Chassie. “No tire collected by us will be landfilled or burned.”
The bicycle tires will be processed locally into a clean crumb rubber. Among the markets for the product is the equestrian community, which uses the material to create a safer and more comfortable riding surface.
Cyclesmith, on Agricola St. in Halifax, is Nova Scotia’s largest bicycle shop, and the first retailer to participate in the program. The shop has already been collecting tires and tubes.
“We are very excited to work with another local small business on this wonderful initiative,” said Andrew Feenstra, Owner of Cyclesmith. “Cyclists tend to be more aware of their environment, and to be able to recycle used bicycle tires and tubes is a great thing. Keeping it local and in Nova Scotia is even a bigger bonus.”
Any fluff or fibre produced during the processing will be incorporated in the Halifax C&D’s industrial plastic lumber products.
“Our goal is zero waste,” said Chassie. “This is another example of how recycling creates jobs. It’s good for the environment and it’s good for the economy.”
Halifax C&D’s commitment to the environment doesn’t end at recycling. They have been working with many organizations helping make better communities.
Halifax C&D will donate $1,000 of anticipated revenue to the McIntosh Run Watershed Association, an organization committed to further conservation and community stewardship of the McInstosh Run Watershed and sustainable public access. The donation will help build and maintain the single-track trails in the watershed.
Chassie said the bicycle project is the starting point of an effort to keep more recyclable materials out of landfills and in the economy.

Trail building has begun!

Trail building has begun!

The 2018 trail building season has started. Volunteers were out today building trail in the McIntosh Run Singletrack Trail System. The trail plan for 2018 is ambitious and we’re excited to have started. If you’re interested in lending a hand (and back) we’d love to […]

April General Meeting – CANCELLED

April General Meeting – CANCELLED

MRWA will not hold a general meeting in April. The next general meeting will be May 15th. Hope to see you then!

MRWA AGM March 20 7pm

MRWA AGM March 20 7pm

Join us for our Annual General Meeting on March 20th, 7pm at the Captain William Spry Community Centre. We’ll have our new Singletrack t-shirts for sale ($30). Hope to see you there!

Support funding for recreation trails

Support funding for recreation trails

MRWA needs your help. We need you to contact your councillor and Mayor Savage to let them know you’d like HRM to fund recreation trails.