A Halifax councillor is trying to quell a growing debate over a proposed walking path in the city's south end.

The plan calls for a multi-use trail connecting the Armdale roundabout to Point Pleasant Park. The asphalt pathway would be shared by walkers, joggers, bikers and in-line skaters.

Some critics question the cost of paving and maintaining the asphalt path, while some joggers say crusher dust would be easier on their knees.

But pavement is easier to plow in the winter, said the regional councillor for the area, Sue Uteck, adding there will be a mulch trail alongside the main pathway.

Although it's much better than cement sidewalks, asphalt is tough on the knees compared to crusher dust or, as Uteck points out, mulch. But I find it interesting that middle aged joggers are the most vocal in protesting the asphalt plan. In other places I've lived, it's been environmentalists who attack asphalt, as it truly is a borderline toxic waste.

That said, there are lots of competing interests here, including handicap access. I'm not sure what I think about it.

Find more about the Halifax Greenway plan here.

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