TRENTON – While many may spend their winters inside, Martin Bates, recreation coordinator for the town of Trenton, sees people daily who love this time of year venturing into Trenton Park for some solitude or fitness.
Sometimes as early as 6 a.m. he’ll find people there waiting to get in. They are there from dawn to dusk with the cars are turning over every half hour or so.
With trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing or simply walking, Bates said people seem to enjoy just getting away from the traffic and into a forest environment for a bit. He said the town uses the sidewalk snowplows to keep the walkways open.
“That opens it up for walkers,” he said. “It works quite well.”
Over the last couple years he’s noticed an increase in the number of people who are using walking sticks and thanks to some assistance through Active Pictou County have several available for checkout for people to use at no charge.
While the walking sticks are good as a safety measure when walking around in winter, Bates said people also use them for the fitness.
“People do use them year round,” he said. “You get to use your upper arms and shoulders while you’re walking.”
Next weekend, the park will be showing off itself as The Friends of Trenton Park Society will be hosting their annual Winter Family Fun Day on Saturday. It promises to be a fun-filled afternoon with wagon rides, arts and crafts, snow shoeing and much more. The free event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trenton Park pavilion building (behind the pool).