Rainbow Routes Association opened the trail on Oct. 12, 2012. The one kilometre trail, which is wheelchair accessible, connects residents and two schools via the end of Rideau Road to Edward Avenue in Coniston.
It is also part of the Trans Canada Trail, which spans the entire country. The official naming and unveiling of the sign ceremony was held Oct. 8.
Deb McIntosh, Rainbow Routes Association's executive director, said Tellier was a driving force behind the creation of the trail.
Once completed, the Trans Canada Trail will be 22,000 kilometres in length. Locally, the trail winds its way from Nairn Centre in the west, through the heart of the city towards Coniston and eventually to North Bay in the east.
This trail is a great way to meet people from all parts of Coniston,” said McIntosh. “It is a way for our community to join the trend of making the area of Greater Sudbury a friendly environment for pedestrians and cyclists of all ages and encompasses the Coniston tag line — We’re part of a healthy community ... We work together for a Green Coniston.
The Coniston Community Action Network (CAN) has endorsed this project. The trail allows pedestrians, student and seniors to walk in a natural setting in their backyard without motorized vehicles. It will be in close proximity to the new seniors complex that is proposed to be built adjacent to the trail, said a news release.
Tellier, who passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) disease on Nov. 27, 2012, had actively urged Rainbow Routes Association and the Coniston Community Action Network to develop a nature trail in Coniston. Tellier had been a resident of Coniston since 1979, and was a retired educator. He had flagged and mapped the trail and walked it almost every day.