Cash in hand, group seeks land redesignation for rail line to pathway project

Chirping birds supply the soundtrack as Jeannette Richter of the Meadowlark Trail Society imagines what it could look like once it’s developed.

“I see young moms with strollers, I see families with children on bikes, I see students from Irricana who attend Beiseker school, riding their bikes to school,” Richter told CBC News.

Richter is part of a group of Beiseker and Irricana residents hoping to turn an abandoned rail line into a recreational pathway.

Jeannette Richter of the Meadowlark Trail Society has big dreams for the proposed recreational pathway. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

The Canadian Pacific Railway built the line in 1910. It was de-commissioned in the 1990s and donated to the Trans Canada Trail in 1999.

The society says it has money to build bridges, a culvert and put down crushed rock to make a 10-kilometre corridor between Beiseker and Irricana.

But first, society member Heidi Hagel says, they have to ask Rocky View County for a land use bylaw redesignation.

“So our hopes are to get into the county this summer before their summer break to give time for those things to happen,” Hagel said.

Heidi Hagel of the society says they hope to have the land redesignation in the hands of the county before summer break. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

The trail would go through the properties of 24 landowners and Richter says there are five who are against the development.

“We’ve had open houses and we’ve been in contact with the adjacent landowners and we have listened to what their concerns are and we have put in place mitigation and plans to address their issues,” Hagel said.

Among the concerns is the possibility of garbage left along the trail, and a loss of privacy.

If the society can overcome objections and get the land redesignation, they hope to see the trail in use by next year.

Among the concerns is the possibility of garbage left along the trail, and a loss of privacy. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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