Bike and hike the Kettle Valley Trail
Oct 16, 2012 / 3:11 pm
Cyclists and hikers hit the trails Tuesday as the City of Penticton officially re-opened an upgraded segment of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
The BC government kicked in a $138,694 grant to improve 5.5 kilometres of the historic trail, which underwent trail-levelling undulations and resurfacing using recycled asphalt.
“The Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a prominent attraction, and these upgrades enhance a popular recreation spot—now better suited for families and individuals of all ages,” said Bill Bennett, minister of community, sport, and cultural development, who was on hand for the re-opening.
The upgrades were made from the Sutherland Road to Vancouver Place portion of the trail.
The smoother and more durable surface will allow accessibility to people with wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility aids and is designed to minimize the risk of slipping.
“The KVR Trail is one of the best-known trails in the province, and this project has made it even easier and safer to enjoy,” said Penticton mayor Dan Ashton. “Residents and visitors alike will enjoy our enhanced trail for years to come.”
The City of Penticton spent over $34,000 on the upgrade, bringing the total cost to $173,367.
The KVR Trail, which opened in 1915 as the railway but fell into disuse in 1989, gives new life as a connection between communities in the Okanagan Valley, the city says.
The City of Penticton acts as a gateway community to the trail. Users can access three different directions of the trail.
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