The Trust increases recreation opportunities with $484,000 for 29 trail projects
The Columbia Basin Trust has released the list of approved projects from the first intake of their Columbia Basin Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants. Two Revelstoke projects were on the list.
The Revelstoke Revelstoke ATV Club’s project to Replace stairs and culverts, and reroute switchbacks, to improve access to the lookout at Sproat Mountain Lookout was awarded $4,000.
Revelstoke Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club’s Nordic Bridge Connector project, which aims to to develop 1.6-kilometre connector trail by installing bridges and culverts to manage water flow, was awarded $25,000.
The Columbia Basin Trust’s grants for the 29 accepted projects throughout the basin totaled over $484,000. It was the first of three intakes. The program will run another two years and offer a total of $1.5-million to help build new trails or rehabilitate existing ones that have been damaged due or have aging infrastructure..
“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.
The aim, a press release from the Basin says, 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.