Owen Sound Hospital News
WORK TO BEGIN ON HEALING PATH
Work is to begin on phase 1 of the Healing Path after the locates are completed. As of late September we are still waiting for the locates so that the excavation for the first section of the Healing Path can begin. We're still hoping to begin before the weather gets bad. Phase 1 starts at the west entrance of 16th Avenue East and heads south to the intersection at 8th Street East, then east to the first entrance on 8th Street East. Some describe this as the helicopter pad portion.
The Healing Path is a 3 season (spring, summer, fall) trail system that will cater to hospital employees, patients and visitors who would like a gentle walk in a park setting. The Owen Sound Hospital sees over 100,000 patient visits per year from across the Grey Bruce region, and employs approximately 1100 staff and physicians.
The goal is to create a path that can be accessible for all, including those with mobility challenges. So unlike the more informal mulch trails in the forest area, the Healing Path will have a firm and stable top layer of stone dust. The trail will be 1.7 metres (5' 6") wide.
This first phase will have four resting areas which are called pods. Each pod has a theme. Two themes have been selected to date. The Native Plant described below. The other theme selected is one incorporating the military heritage of the area. NeighbourWoods North welcomes other ideas of local interest for pods.
Phase 1 of the Healing Path shown in red
Reclaiming Nature with Urban Forestry
PODS ON THE HEALING PATH
The Healing Path will have pods or rest areas with benches, each focused on a different theme. One of the first pods to be built will centre on native plants. Located along 8th street between the main entrance and the 16th Ave lights, volunteers have been busy establishing a Habitat Garden consisting of native plants. Logs, rocks, and some decaying vegetation have been provided to attract small local wildlife. Pollinating bees, beetles, moths, butterflies and other non-pollinating insects are enjoying the gardens. Birds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians have already been seen exploring the Habitat Gardens. Signs, bird houses, bat boxes, and other items conducive to animal and insect life will be added later.
Benches come in all shapes, sizes, styles, designs and materials. With all the creative people in the Owen Sound area, we hope to be able to have some unique, beautiful, and functional benches in each of the pods throughout the Healing Path. NeighbourWoods North will look for the funding if we get enough talented people to help out. Take some inspiration from the photos below. Let us know what you like. Or design your own and send it to us.