Elizabeth Seidl describes herself as a “listener.”
“I’ll hear something, other people’s suggestions; if there is a problem.” That’s how this interior designer and resident of Crown Point neighborhood got the idea of reinvigorating the Pipeline Trail last summer to a place of beauty and recreation for everyone.
After organizing a “Jane’s Walk” along the trail last spring (Jane Jacob was a sustainable urban planner) Seidl was introduced to the idea of planting milkweed. “I went home and learned about the problem with declining pollinator populations.”
The vision fell into place at this point.
The 5km-long pipeline trail running from Main at Ottawa, all the way to Woodward Museum of Steam and Technology is important: Not only is there a history of water, but there is also a story to be told about what was here even before that, “And we are bringing some of that back,” Seidl enthuses.
A few other people shared the vision and together, in less than a year’s time, got things rolling in and key stakeholders conversing with one another.
|Photo credit-seam Hurley.|
Some of these players include the Pollinator Paradise Project (PPP), who are now in the midst of working with the newly formed Pipeline Trail Crown Point Action Planning Team—the group that emerged in order to naturalize the trail and make it “a beautiful place in which to linger,” as Seidl puts it.
“I randomly discovered the PPP and connected with Jen Baker (HNC). We submitted a proposal together for a neighbourhood action grant and got it.”
Over the weekend, in order to move forward on the revitalizing trail project, many of the players, including City of Hamilton landscape and traffic staff, rode an HSR chartered bus to examine critical areas of the trail: What are some of the obstacles to pedestrian traffic (for example, there is an industrial area that is impossible for pedestrians to go through)? What are the challenges?