Big funding announcement for Revelstoke splash park, Sunnyside MTB trail, Nordic club expansion, and more

Columbia Basin Trust gives out more than $3 million in funding during last year of program.

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The Revelstoke Cycling Association received funding through the CBT grant program to expand trails in the Revelstoke area. Photo: From RCA Facebook

Recreation projects in Revelstoke are getting a financial boost thanks to the Columbia Basin Trust’s Recreation Infrastructure Grants program. In total, five groups received funding:

Farwell Splash Park Society: $200,000 to build a splash park at Farwell Park.

-Revelstoke Cycling Association:$13,500 for Sunnyside Trail Area Phase One construction.

-Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club: $60,000 to expand the existing trail network and parking lot.

-Revy Riders Dirt Bike Club: $34,700 to construct a multi-use, offroad single track vehicle trail.

-BC Interior Forestry Museum: $23,000 to construct multi-use trails for residents and visitors.

The proposed Revelstoke splash park design. The Farwell Splash park received a $200,00 CBT recreation grant towards the project. Photo: From Revy Splash Park group.
The proposed Revelstoke splash park design. The Farwell Splash park received a $200,00 CBT recreation grant towards the project. Photo: From Revy Splash Park group.

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 more than $3 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 funded 153 projects with $9.4 million, including more than 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.

View the complete list of funded projects at ourtrust.org/rig.

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