print-logo August 03, 2017

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Port Hope, ON

Have you seen the Ganny Bear? At 6’ tall and 400 pounds, the chainsaw-carved wooden sculpture is the Municipality of Port Hope’s newest addition along the River, compliments of local resident Rick Rogalski, who donated the carving that has become part of Port Hope’s landscape.

“We are grateful for the donation of the statue and hope that the community enjoys the addition along our trails,” noted Jim McCormack, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture at the Municipality of Port Hope.

The launch of the Municipality’s new Instagram account has sparked an interest in tracking the Ganny Bear “sightings”. Using the hashtag #ispythegannybear, trail users who spot the bear along the Ganaraska Trail are encouraged to take a selfie and include the hashtag in their social media posts.

“We would really like to see the hashtag “#ispythegannybear” trending on social media,” explained Julia Snoek, Community Development Program Manager with the Municipality. “It’s a fun way to encourage the public to enjoy the outdoors and increase their physical activity. I think the community is going to have fun with the challenge.”

The addition of the Ganny Bear is the first of many trail upgrades and improvements that are planned in Port Hope. The paving and addition of lighting in sections along the River to assist with trail accessibility, and an outdoor fitness park, to be located on the West side of River, off of Cavan Street are a few of the projects that are underway along the trails.

“We encourage everyone to get outdoors, be active and explore the value of Port Hope’s natural beauty through a variety of trail walking, running and biking options,” continued Mr. McCormack. “Although sections of the Waterfront Trail remain closed due to damage from record high water levels in Lake Ontario, there are a variety of other trails to explore.”

The Municipality plans to continue to update the community on the progress of the trail upgrades and the construction of the outdoor fitness park, which is scheduled to officially open in the fall. As always, Port Hope’s trail map and outdoor adventure information is available on the Waterfront, Marina and Trails webpage.

Additionally, the community is encouraged to follow the Municipality’s new Instagram account @municipalityofporthope and to share their images of Port Hope.

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248