We have been taking video footage since September, 2021. Regret not taking extensive drone footage in July so as to capture what the area in question looked like before any construction of paths and mountain bike features had started. At the time we did not think there was any reason to do so.
Total New Sections of Land Have Been Destroyed.
This video was shot on September 28, 2021. It shows where entirely new trails were being built. We call this "Area A" , and we have several pictures showing the destruction of this part of the ravine for the racecourse.
“No Original Trails Here. Not Even for Deer”
If you were to walk the entire area now you might get the impression that these trails existed before; but we know this is entirely false. So, we asked a local resident and environmentalist to comment. Meet environmentalist David Griffiths, 89 years of age, an original homeowner on Riverview Blvd. (60 years), with a family history along Twelve Mile Creek that goes back to 1830. Video shot on October 23/21.
Storm Sewer Sinkholes
On November 3, 2021 one of several large storm sewer pipes in the upper slopes of the ravines along Riverview Blvd., St. Catharines burst open. The force of the blast created several large sink holes near where the mountain bike racecourse is being constructed for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. For days thereafter crews from the City of St. Catharines worked with other external parties to asses the damage and determine what should or could be done. As of posting of this video on February 12, 2022, the sinkholes have not been fixed and they are becoming wider and deeper as the water continues to flow out of them.
More Than Mere Upgrades
Video shot in the 12 Mile Creek ravine area where the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games mountain bike racecourse is being constructed. Images captured on September 28, 2021 clearly shows that construction of trails are being planned and/or work where work has already started, all in sections of the ravine where there were no walking paths, dominated by dense bush and vegetation all moving up to the upper slopes where not even deer ventured.
Flags Tell the Story
Clear evidence when looking at the images in this video and comparing them to pictures we have of the same area after new trails were cut and mountain bike features added. Video was shot on September 28, 2021. To see what the general area looks like now, look at pictures on the website for Friends of Twelve Mile Creek
No Vested Interest Other Than the Truth.
Common sense knowledge and first hand experience from environmentalist David Griffiths, 89 years of age, and an original homeowner on Riverview Blvd. (60 years). This area has been part of my backyard forever, so I know what I am talking about!
Let's Build a Bridge. So We Can Cut More Areas.
This video was recorded in early October, 2021 and captures workers building a bridge over a creek, and giving the trail builders easy and direct access to most of the ravine land where there were no existing paths. Nothing but bush, ground vegatation and trees.