Community Gathers for Official Opening of Gerry Berkhout Trail

Congratulations to Lion Gerry Berkhout on the official opening of the 'Gerry Berkhout Trail' on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. Hundreds of friends, family and community members gathered for the ceremonial ribbon cutting followed by a light lunch and time of fellowship co-hosted by the Fonthill Lions and the Fabulous Fenwick Lions Club at the Fenwick Lions Hall in Centennial Park.

Many thanks to the Fenwick Lioness for preparing the hall for the reception along with serving coffee, tea & sweets. Several local businesses generously contributed to the luncheon reception including: Country Corner Market (Beef on a bun, salads, cheese & meat platter); James L Pedlar Funeral Home (Hot Chocolate); Sobeys Fonthill (Cake); Tim Hortons Fonthill (Coffee & Timbits at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony)

Nearly 6km in distance, the trail runs along the former TH&B railway line, with entry points at Centennial Park and Murdoch Road. The trail recognizes Berkhout, a former Town Councillor, current Fonthill Lions member, previous Citizen of the year, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, who persistently advocated the potential of the trail to be used by walkers, runners, cyclists, horse riders, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers.

In the spring of 2017, Pelham Town Council approved the naming of the trail, as suggested by the Pelham Active Transportation Committee (PATC). At the time, PATC Chair Bea Clark wrote to Council saying, “Gerry Berkhout helped us understand, firsthand, what a wonderful trail this could be for the residents of Fenwick and Pelham”.