May 11 at 12:30 Grand Opening of the Hibou Trail Boardwalk

Oct 2013 eIn the Fall of 2014, an enthusiastic group of volunteers built and placed about 200 ft of boardwalk over a wet portion of trail.  That trail had been impassible for a good portion of the year.  Now we will celebrate by officially opening this new boardwalk.

Come and join us Monday May 11 at 12:30pm for a brief opening ceremony located in the north east section of the park.

Park on the road by the beach entrance and head north towards Leith to the trail entrance.  Try to arrive at the Boardwalk for 12:30pm opening which should be very brief. Light refreshments will be served.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for trail work following the opening, bring some clippers or a pruning saw and we’ll be making sure the trails are in good shape.

Boardwalks moved back and ready to be installed

Hello All volunteers,

OCt 2013 cWe have good news.   The GSCA has moved the boardwalk out to the area in Hibou where they will be installed.  A big thank you to  Chris Hachey.  There are approximately 24 eight foot sections that we will need to place and attach together with a screw gun using a piece of 2×6.  The sections will sit on cement blocks that are at location.  The area where they are being placed is dry at this present time, but boots would be good to have while working.

We have set aside Wed. Sept. 10 and Thurs. Sept. 11 as work days.  If we can get 8 volunteers most of the work should be completed in 1 day with Thurs. saved as a back up or rain day.

If you could help us to install boardwalk on Wednesday simply give me a phone call(519 371 1255) or send me an email rmknapp@yahoo.com.    We will meet at 9:00am at the north end of the park by the main entrance to the beach.

We will have some snacks available but you might like to bring your own water and some lunch if you are able to stay for the day.

I am really looking forward to getting this boardwalk installed after all the preliminary work we have done.  Hope you can make it.

Bob Knapp Chair Friends of Hibou

Hibou Trails Improved

Trail work this summer has been delayed due to the unusual weather patterns we have been experiencing.  The planned location for the boardwalk is at the back of the acreage to the south and east of the road.  The trail into that spot has been very wet, making it impossible to take the constructed boardwalk pieces in.  However we are very pleased to say that gravel has been brought in and spread with the use of a backhoe and a skid steer by Elmridge Contracting July 2014d

The next step will be to get the boardwalk pieces in to the site where they will be placed.  After that  a team of volunteers will work with Chris Hatchey to lay them securely.  It has been a long wait but will be well worth it when we finally get the boardwalk in place.  The grant money we received has all been spent and then some.  We are grateful for the contribution from the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority to make this happen.  It looks better already.

If you are interested in volunteering to put the boardwalk in place securely, keep watching this web site.  We will be posting all the information here when everything is ready for our work.  It is exciting to see this all falling into place.  We would love to hear from you about how you are using Hibou.  Give us some positive feedback as you see progress being made. We really want to see the area being used and appreciated.

July 2014c          July 2014b

Trail work postponed

Happy Canada Day to everyone!

Unfortunately the trail we were going to work on at Hibou is too wet to take the truck in. We need to transport the blocks and boardwalk into the work site by truck.  So we have to postpone the trail work.

We may not be able to do it till later in the summer.  We will let you know.  Meanwhile enjoy other sections of Hibou.

Marie Knapp