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City Councillors pull plug on Six Mile Coulee Pathway project (Pathway 24)

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Lethbridge City Council has killed the planned Six Mile Coulee Pathway project.

The plan was to upgrade a portion of the rugged trail adding a limestone shale, narrow pathway and some stairs. City Parks staff had said this was about allowing the public to have equitable access to Six Mile Coulee.

That, however wasn’t sitting well with local users, especially mountainbikers and trail runners.

City Councillor Blaine Hyggen introduced the motion Monday (June 15) to rescind the project, formally known as Pathway 24, from the current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). He says the City Manager has now been asked to consult with coulee user groups to discuss a strategy, framework and partnership so local organizations and the City can work together to create a unique experience in the river valley.

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“So the groups that use these pathways, it’s important that they are the ones to help with the development and maybe even upkeep, offering suggestions, or future pathways,” says Hyggen.

Rescinding this project will also save the City nearly $1.8 million dollars in the current CIP.

Hyggen, an active cyclist himself who spends a lot of time using that area says it was the right decision by Council. “I know this is really a cliche, but if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Obviously it’s fantastic the way it is”.

City Council was told in late May that there has been a lot of public consultation for years about the project. Parks Manager Dave Ellis said on May 28th, this plan was developed with extensive stakeholder engagement and the general public.

The still undeveloped trail stretches from Lethbridge College to the Oldman River and connects to other trails along the way.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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