Members of the Cycling Grannies transported and installed a bench on the Mount Ramsey trail at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area on June 7. The group, which consists of 50 women, raised more than $2,500 for the new bench. Article content
All roads lead to the bench. Article content
After talking about it for years, Janet Spergel, a member of the Cycling Grannies squad, finally organized a fundraising drive earlier this year to install a bench at the top of a beloved trail in the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.
“In January, I was out snowshoeing on the trails here at the conservation area, and I thought, ‘why don’t we do it’?” Spergel said Tuesday, after the hilltop installation was complete.
While the location of the bench is not terribly accessible to cyclists, the grannies also hike and snowshoe together.
Spergel sent an email to her crew and within a couple of months, the group raised the $2,500 they required for the bench, as well as about $100 more, which they donated to Conservation Sudbury.
“The conservation foundation accepted the money and we support the trail system and the programming that happens here at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area,” Julie Houle, director of advancement with the Nickel District Conservation Foundation, added. “The bench is recycled plastic and metal, and it is pinned into place, so it’s not going anywhere.”The bench was crafted to withstand the elements.It is located at the apex of Mount Ramsey, which overlooks its namesake lake, as well as the conservation […]