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Posted: May 5, 2016

Recreation Infrastructure Grants announced

Next application deadline July 11

Whether you enjoy lawn bowling or golf, take to the backcountry on foot, skis or bike, or prefer to hit a tennis ball or pickle ball, dozens of expansions, improvements and new developments to the spaces that keep you moving are on their way. Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust’s Recreation Infrastructure Grants, 42 projects around the region are getting over $3.5 million in support.

The Trust announced the $9-million, three-year program in January 2016. It provides financial support to help communities and groups build new recreation infrastructure or upgrade existing recreation infrastructure.

Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO Neil Muth
Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO Neil Muth

“We’re pleased to provide grants to such a wide range of projects that will help people stay fit and enjoy where we live,” said Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “Supporting residents to lead active, healthy lifestyles is one of our strategic priorities, and developing the amenities that help them do so is an important step.”

Successful Cranbrook projects include:

– aq’amnik Education Centre Gymnasium Expansion – Build a new gymnasium to serve as the hub for various recreational, educational and cultural activities.

– Gyro Park Upgrades – Expand and improve Gyro Park by upgrading playground equipment and tennis courts and constructing a new dedicated pickle ball facility.

– Cranbrook Community Forest Gateway Project – Upgrade the Cranbrook Community Forest trail network by revamping the College of the Rockies trailhead and constructing new trail connections.

Wycliffe ex grounds– Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds Restoration – Restore the Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds so it can be used effectively by a number of different of groups in Wycliffe and surrounding areas.

–  Elizabeth Lake Trail Upgrades – Continue trail improvements in the Elizabeth Lake area to create a safe, high-quality trail network.

– Cranbrook to Wardner Trail Phase 3 – Complete a 42-km, non-motorized, all-season recreational trail as part of the Trans Canada Trail between Cranbrook and Wardner.

Successful Elk Valley projects include:

– Tee-It-Forward: Development of Beginner Level Golf Infrastructure – Construct a new set of tee boxes to provide the option of a shortened course for beginners at Mountain Meadows Golf Club.

–  Elk Valley Nordic Centre Infrastructure Development Phase 4 – Complete the development of the Elk Valley Nordic Centre by building new trails and bridges and undertaking final construction on a staging area and warming hut.

Fairy Creek– Fairy Creek Pedestrian Bridge – Build a pedestrian bridge that will provide pedestrian access from Fernie’s downtown core to popular trail networks in the area.

– Sparwood Outdoor Skateboard Park – Construct and install a permanent skate park in Sparwood to promote healthy, active living for youth and residents of all ages and provide a space for social interaction.

–  Toddler Parks – Build two new public playgrounds to provide children ages two to five with opportunities to develop their physical literacy in safe and interactive environments.

Successful Kimberley and area projects include:

–  Arena Wall and Walking Track – Rebuild the north wall at the Kimberley Civic Centre and complete a 215-metre indoor walking track around the second-level observation deck.

–  Bootleg Mountain Recreation Site – Construct a new cycling trail and upgrade two existing trails on the southern slopes of Bootleg Mountain to expand the number of trails available to cyclists and offer more challenging and technical terrain.

–  Kimberley Lawn Bowling Upgrades – Install a new underground irrigation system to improve water efficiency and ensure even coverage of the greens.

–  Wasa Lions Way and Basketball Court Upgrades – Resurface the Wasa Lions Way pathway and basketball court within the Wasa and District Lions Club grounds.

The granting program’s next intake is now open. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 11. Learn more and download the guidelines at

Lead image:  An artist’s rendering of the Kimberley Splash Park, which is also being supported by the Trust’s Recreation Infrastructure Grants.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1-800-505-8998.


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