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Ned’s Trail becoming popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts

While visiting home from St. John’s, Mercedes Penton-Greene, left, went for her first walk on the Ned’s Pond Trail with her mom Millicent Penton of Stephenville and was enjoying the outdoor space on Thursday afternoon.
While visiting home from St. John’s, Mercedes Penton-Greene, left, went for her first walk on the Ned’s Pond Trail with her mom Millicent Penton of Stephenville and was enjoying the outdoor space on Thursday afternoon.

A trail, which follows the shoreline of Ned’s Pond in Stephenville, is getting lots of use now that more and more people are learning about it.

Ned’s Pond was formerly the water supply for the town of Stephenville, but that all changed a number of years ago when the town went with an artesian well system.

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Now it’s being used for recreational purposes with runners, joggers, walkers and occasionally cyclists taking advantage of the current trail.

Paul Grenier, chairman of the Walk-A-Ways Park and Trails Committee, said the trail was started in 2009 and completed in 2016.

He said the committee is holding a meeting on Nov. 19 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 35 in Stephenville from 2-4 p.m.

Anyone with an interest in the trails and/or Blanche Brook Park is urged to attend.

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Ned’s Pond Trail Facts:

Length – 3.2 km 45 minutes to an hour.

Average amount of people using on daily basis – 150-175 people.

Number of bridges – three including one covered bridge.

Plans in works to extend trail around adjoining Devil’s Pond – 1.3 kilometer.

 

Do

While on trial stay to the right when passing other users.

Bicyclists yield to people on foot.

Pick up after your animals and keep dogs tethered at all times.

Have fire in approved fire pit, where benches are located.

 

Don’t

No unauthorized motorized vehicles on the trail.

Whatever you bring to the trail, bring it out.

No signage, advertising or leave behinds permitted.

No decorations permitted around the trail because of wind and rain damage creating litter.

People who currently have decorations up are asked to remove them.

Anything put up around the trails will be removed.

Proceed with pleasure and enjoy the space as a nature trail.

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