Brockville – Family and friends of Russell Chartier joined local dignitaries and Brock Trail Committee members on Wednesday afternoon to officially dedicate and open the Russell Chartier Memorial Pedestrian Bridge on the Brock Trail.
The bridge is located over Buell’s Creek between the Stewart Blvd and Perth Street section of the Brock Trail.
Sharon Chartier, widow of the late Russell Chartier, cut the ribbon opening the new bridge along with her sister-in-law, Claudette Williams, and Tom Russell, Executive Director of the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation (TICDC).
As well a plaque honouring the late community volunteer, outdoors-man and businessman was unveiled by family members.
Russell Chartier died in a tragic accident on March 26, 2015 at the age of 75. He was also the founder of the local Falcon Security, and was a director of the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation (TICDC).
Chartier’s grandchildren spoke for the family at the bridge dedication on Wednesday.
A grant of $30,000 was provided by the TICDC toward the memorial bridge, which was installed a year ago.
The Stewart Blvd.-Perth Street section improvements to the Brockville Trail will continue with paving of the section going east from the bridge, and a raising of the slope on the west side, which is expected to be done in late August or early September.