The Regional District of East Kootenay is seeking $500 thousand for a major $5 million Columbia Valley trail network.
Staff are partnering with the Greenways Alliance to seek funding for a 25 kilometre paved path between Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs.
Planning and Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod says the RDEK could secure more money through the BC Rural Dividend if they make the application.
“By partnering with the Greenways Trails Alliance, they’ll be able to ask for a larger grant amount,” McLeod says. “We’ve also partnered on a number of previous grant applications. A couple of which were successful, including $500,000 from the same dividend fund last year and $1 million from BIke BC.”
The Trails Alliance has so far raised 80 per cent of its goal.
McLeod says $500 thousand from the BC Rural Dividend would bring the group near their fundraising target.
“The Columbia Valley Greenways Trails Alliance are fundraising to raise money for the capital cost of the trail construction,” McLeod says. “Its proposed to be done over a number of phases or a number of sections. When each phase is completed, it’ll be turned over to the Regional District and then the RDEK will own and operate the trail.”
The project saw some controversy in November when property owners of certain sections said no horses or dogs would be allowed.
RDEK Planning and Development Services Manager, Andrew McLeod