Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Former Barrie Mayor Willard Kinzie and current Mayor Jeff Lehman at the end of the North Shore Trail.

Mayor Willard Kinzie, who was the first Mayor of Barrie, serving from 1957 to 1961, has been awarded a bronzed cast iron imprint of his hand that has been installed at the end of the soon to be completed Barrie Waterfront Heritage Trail.

Mayor Jeff Lehman was present for the unveiling, which took place near the very end of North Shore Trail.

The installation has been created to honour Kinzie, who had the vision for this future trail, which is to be completed in 2017. An avid trail user, Mr. Kinzie envisioned a way for residents to learn about our history, as well as environment, while enjoying an open air, self-guided interpretative experience right on Barrie’s waterfront.

Waterfront Heritage Trail begins at the east end of Allandale Station Park on the south shore and continues around the waterfront to the end of the North Shore Trail at Penetanguishene Road.  Stations that tell the stories of Barrie’s past are placed thematically, not chronologically, so visitors can decide to either see one per visit or all in one day.

“This is such a unique addition to the trail and a fantastic tribute to an amazing man,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “Willard is a living legend in Barrie and now trail users will be able to thank him for his contributions with a high five.”

In the photo: Mayor Willard Kinzie and Mayor Jeff Lehman next to the new installation.

Article by Zehra Batool, with files from City of Barrie

Photo courtesy of City of Barrie

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