A Kimberley councillor says hiring a trails manager would be worth the investment.
The city is discussing allocating 30 thousand dollars a year for the local Trails Society.
The group approached council Monday, asking for money to maintain the extensive 175 kilometre network.
Nigel Kitto agrees the amenity needs municipal and regional backing.
“Many other communities have gone down this pathway. I’d say most resort municipalities have full-time trails positions to ensure we have that high quality product for our visitors,” Kitto says.
Kitto says tourists flock to the city for the amenity.
“If we can find that money, the trails society has proven in the past on projects that they can leverage this money through other grant bodies,” Kitto says. “In fact, they’ve been managing to expand the grants up to four times. I’m confident that if we can find some money for them, we can get an extraordinary amount of value from that.”
The team of volunteers is also looking for $60,000 annually from the RDEK to hire someone for the work full-time.
– Kimberley City Councillor, Nigel Kitto