KVR trail improvements

The Kettle Valley Rail Trail between Oliver and Osoyoos is slated for improvements in the next few years.

Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas joined RDOS representatives and others on Road 22, Thursday to announce the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program has made available $124,600 for the project.

“A healthy community requires the necessary outdoor spaces to ensure that the community is able to stay fit and active," Albas said. "The updates to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail will help foster an energized and positive community.”

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will provide $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional agencies across the country. It is part of the federal government's programs to honour Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017.

The funding received by the RDOS will assist it in connecting key sections of the existing trail providing residents and visitors to the region with a continuous recreation and commuter corridor in the South Okanagan. 

RDOS Chair Mark Pendergraft thanked Albas and the federal government.

"Small areas like A and C couldn't afford to do this on their own," he said. "And I suspect this will see a lot of use."

He added that a lot of work has been done on the KVR Trail on the northern end of the valley, so it's good to see work happening in the south.

The RDOS will do a formal design of the project in 2016, with construction expected in 2017, if not sooner.

To learn more about the regional trails program go to: www.clickhikebike.com


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