In 2016, Columbia Basin Trust set out to help Columbia Basin residents lead a more active and healthy lifestyle by increasing access to high quality recreation places and spaces. In this last intake of its three-year Recreation Infrastructure Grants program, 53 new projects were approved for over $2.8 million.
“We’re so pleased this program has had such an on-the-ground impact in such a short period of time to address an area that Basin residents told us was a priority,” said Kindy Gosal, Columbia Basin Trust Director, Special Initiatives. “Many Basin communities have benefited from this program over the past three years, with residents from all walks of life getting an opportunity to enjoy the activities they love while improving their mental and physical well-being. We want to thank all the people, groups and communities involved for helping to make this program such a success.”
The Recreation Infrastructure Grants program provided funds to construct new recreation infrastructure or upgrade existing infrastructure. This ranged from backcountry trail networks, to splash parks, to disc golf courses.
In total, the program has funded 153 projects with $9.4 million, including over 350 kilometres on 68 trails, 53 outdoor facilities like playgrounds, pickleball and tennis courts, and 15 other facilities like riding arenas and gymnasiums. Projects are located across the region in 42 Basin communities.
With this program ending, the Trust will continue supporting sport and physical activity in the region in other ways. For example, the Trust is currently developing a new program focusing on recreation areas and trails, and new initiatives for youth in sport. Watch for upcoming announcements.
The following describes a few of the recently funded projects. Click here to view the complete list of projects.
A Year-round Place to Play
A Small Community Welcomes a Popular Sport
A Play Place for All
Built for Bikes
A Boardwalk Adds Function and Interest