Participating in the ground breaking ceremony for the Trail Riverfront Centre on October 13 had special significance for Columbia Basin Trust president and CEO Neil Muth. He was born and raised in Trail and shared some of his fond memories at the ceremony for the $8.3 million new library and museum.
“It’s always satisfying working with communities to help them realize their aspirations, and Trail’s efforts to revitalize the downtown core strike a personal chord with me. We moved to Victoria when I was a young teenager, but I have always considered Trail to be my home town,” he told the crowd.
“This new library and museum building is going to be a spectacular addition to the downtown core and to the city.”
“Along with many of you, I have always seen the potential for this riverfront area. Your city is making that happen. The plans for the downtown revitalization are exciting,” he told the audience and other dignitaries gathered in Jubilee Park for the ground breaking.
The Trust is contributing $500,000 towards the new facility. The centre is the latest project the Trust has supported in Trail’s evolving downtown revitalization. The Trust has also provided assistance for the lighting on the Victoria Street Bridge and for the significant upgrades that are underway at the Charles Bailey Theatre.
All of this along with the new pedestrian bridge and other efforts will help put the spotlight on Trail’s downtown core. Congratulations to everyone involved, including the mayor and council, the Riverfront Centre Building Committee, city staff, the Library Board, the Trail Historical Society, and all the volunteers who have worked hard to bring this project to life. Thanks also to Teck Trail Operations for their significant contribution to this project.