River Trail Wins Waterfront Development Award

The Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail in 2009. (CHRISD.CA)

The Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail has won an award for not giving in to cold winters.

The Waterfront Center, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., recognized The Forks’ attraction as a deserving waterfront development with the Project Honor Award.

“The Forks team have shown themselves to be true advocates of urban waterfront transformations through this project,” said Ann Breen, executive director of the Waterfront Center.

“This is an incredibly prestigious award and one we were honoured to receive,” said Jim August, CEO of The Forks. “It puts our city in an international category along with waterfront projects in New York, Sydney, Blackpool, Quinghuangdao City in China and many others”

August shared the award with Festival du Voyageur executive director Ginette Lavack Walters.

Plans for this year’s river trail are still up in the air, but officials say there will be a trail. High water levels may make it difficult to craft a smooth skating surface if the ice freezes unevenly.

Last week, warming hut designs were unveiled, which will be placed along the trail to act as a shelter for skaters once constructed in January.