A lot of help for NorthStar Trail parking area
Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Limited and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) have partnered to improve public accessibility to the NorthStar Trail between the City of Cranbrook and Kimberley.
The two organizations gathered Friday, Oct. 21, along with City of Cranbrook, City of Kimberley, NorthStar Trail Advisory Committee officials and East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett to celebrate the conclusion of a joint project that will benefit users of the trail.
Both groups were looking for a project to help enhance the communities that they serve. They determined that providing a parking lot to provide additional safe public access to the NorthStar Trail, next to the entrance to Shadow Mountain on Wycliffe Road, was just that project.
“Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting LP is pleased to participate in the building of the parking lot on Wycliffe Park Road,” said Mainroad East Kootenay Operations Manager Lorne Isberg. “Community projects such as this enable us to better the community by providing a service to the Rails to Trails users.”
“Safety and community upgrade projects like these are always going to benefit the people of Cranbrook and I know this project means just a little bit more to the community because of the generous volunteer efforts of all those who took part,” said East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett.
“On behalf of the City of Cranbrook, I want to thank Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting and MOTI for their contribution to the NorthStar Trail,” said Mayor Scott Manjak. “This is great for our community and for all of the trail users.”
“On behalf of the City of Kimberley, I wish to thank Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for adding an additional parking facility which will make our trail more accessible,” said Kimberley Mayor Jim Ogilvie. “This is a great addition for all our trail users.”
Both Mainroad East Kootenay Contracting Limited and MOTI provided equipment, material and labour to construct and complete the project. The new parking lot, large enough to hold about 15-20 vehicles, is open for public use now.
Pictured above are, from left: City of Kimberley Mayor Jim Ogilvie, City of Cranbrook acting Mayor Jim Wavrecan, Trail Advisory Committee member Al Skucas, East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Scott Maxwell and Mainroad Contracting’s Lorne Isberg.