Community activists call for assistance

After a number of local residents slipped and fell on a popular footpath, a group of East End volunteers got together to come up with a solution

EE-edney-with-steps-to-john-mclean-drive-WEBDistrict community activists are looking for help to assist with the second phase of a local project.

In 2014, a group of volunteers spent several weekends making improvements to a local footpath off Fiddler’s Way. The group built 15 concrete steps on a steep cliff face footpath that made a popular shortcut much safer.

Now the group is appealing to the community for assistance to help construct a railing that will make the thoroughfare even safer.

“We are hoping for someone to help us source about 40 feet of railing to improve the steps,” said Edney McLean, leader of the group.

Mr. McLean said the 2014 project was undertaken because a number of people had slipped on the wet cliff rocks and fallen.

“We had to jackhammer the rocks, box it round with plywood and pour the cement steps,” said Mr. McLean.

“One day we were all sitting around chatting when the idea of making the path safer for residents came about,” said Mr. McLean. “The construction job was undertaken by the group with enthusiasm and commitment, and the community donated all of the materials to build the steps.”

According to Mr. McLean, the steps also provide quick access to higher ground, reducing the impacts of flooding in the area.

“The cliff face is around 25 feet from top to bottom, and for as long as I can remember people used it to gain quick access to the cliff and onto John McLean Drive,” he said.

Since the steps were put in, Mr. McLean says he has not had any reports of falls on the path.

Anyone interested in helping with the project may contact Mr. McLean at 917-6031.