Snowmobile bridge dedicated to Overington
By Chad Ingram
Published Feb. 28, 2019
A reconstructed snowmobile bridge in Algonquin Highlands was dedicated in the memory of late Haliburton County Snowmobile Association stalwart Peter Overington in a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the weekend.
Members of the club and friends of Overington, who passed away last year, gathered at the bridge spanning the Beech River on Feb. 23.
As club member John Enright explained, Overington was instrumental in obtaining an abandoned railway bed for conversion into local snowmobile trails.
“Without Peter, we wouldn’t have that,” Enright said. “Thousands and thousands of hours.”
Overington also facilitated directional signage on the trails, with arrow signs he’d been able to obtain from the Expo 67 warehouse.
“He said, I’ll take them all and posted them on our trails,” Enright said. “He took, like, 25,000 of them and put them up in Haliburton County.”
Enright added that Overington was also instrumental in advocating health and safety practices in the club.
Algonquin Highlands township provided $8,000 in funding toward the $58,000 project, also funded by the HCSA and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.
“We all support this and we know how much it means to the county and to our municipality,” said Algonquin Highlands Deputy Mayor and Haliburton County Warden Liz Danielsen as she helped cut the ribbon on the reconstructed bridge.Cheryl Reid, local district governor with the OFSC, was also in attendance.