The Kimberley Trails Society wants $90,000 from the city and the Regional District to expand their services.
The city’s Trails Society will appear before council Monday night to request $30,000 annually from council for maintenance.
Director Brett Price says they also want $60,000 annually from the RDEK to hire a full-time manager.
“That person would hopefully stay around for many years and would do a lot of the heavy lifting to make sure that we do all sorts of things to make sure our organization is managed effectively,” Price says. “Everything from working with Rec Sites and Trails BC, ensuring funding, getting volunteers out and managing the trails better.”
Price says most resort communities already provide similar support.
“Some communities choose to allocate yearly out of the RMI fund,” Price says. “Others will find another pool of funding, which could include a user tax or household tax from the Regional District. So 10 dollars a year, for example.”
The society maintains over 175 kilometres of trails.
Price is asking all residents who use the network to attend Monday night’s meeting at city hall or send letters of support.
– Director Brett Price, Kimberley Trails Society