It certainly was not the intention of the original Corduroy Brook Board of Directors to have 15 kilometres of trails, playgrounds, boardwalks and bridges, interpretive signs, and a facility that would be used and enjoyed by hundreds of citizens and visitors on a daily basis. However, that is exactly what evolved in the years to come.
When project work began in 1995, and for the following few years, the CBEA goals were modest. To build a section of fully accessible trail approximately 1 kilometre in length, the clean-up of a portion of brook that bordered the area, and some signage to educate users about local fish habitat.
The original project was made possible through funding provided by the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the local Rotary Club. A Conservation Corps Green Team was also enlisted to help in project construction.
Talk of expansion increased steadily over the next few years, until in 1999 the Corduroy Brook Development Plan was commissioned and completed through consultation and input from the CBEA and various professionals. The plan outlines details of future trail building plans, the best processes to achieve the desired results, a maintenance program, and suggestions for themes to be included in an interpretive signage plan.
It was also in 1999, that a new volunteer arrived in the person of Albert Evans. A retired businessman from Grand Falls-Windsor, Mr. Evans jumped in head first, taking a role as vice president and later becoming president of the CBEA. Along with Arthur King and Scott James, Mr. Evans is one of a trio of dedicated, driven volunteers that have been primarily responsible for the Corduroy Brook Project Development.