The Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association will be adding trails to the Valemount Bike Park with support from the Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.
Trails connect our communities, take us to spectacular locations and provide fresh-air opportunities to get moving. Around the Columbia Basin, 29 projects will be adding to or improving the region’s trails, with over $484,000 from Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants.
“Active, outdoor lifestyles are a prominent part of Basin culture, and we’re fortunate to be able to recreate in such beautiful natural settings,” said Tim Hicks, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Basin residents told us it’s a priority for the Trust to support projects that make getting out into these areas even better, so that more diverse recreation opportunities are available for residents.”
This three-year, $1.5-million program helps build new trails or rehabilitate existing ones that, for example, were damaged in storms or have aging infrastructure like bridges. The aim is to make trails more accessible and user-friendly to a wider variety of users, incorporate Indigenous cultural or heritage values, reduce environmental impacts or connect existing trails. Funding may also go toward amenities like signs and benches.
These 29 projects mark the first intake of the program. The next intake will open on April 4, 2019. Learn more at ourtrust.org/trailgrants.
Here are a few of the successful projects from around the region:
More Places to Zoom
New Ways to Enjoy the Views
An Easier, More Accessible Route
The Trail Enhancement Grants are one of the ways the Trust is addressing its strategic priority to support recreation and physical activity in the region. The Trust also offers Basin PLAYS, which supports youth sports and physical activity in communities and schools. In addition, the Trust previously offered the Recreation Infrastructure Grants, providing $9.4 million to 153 projects over three years. Learn more at ourtrust.org/recreation.