Volunteers work on the Mount Abriel bike trail in this file photo.

Money pours in for Mount Abriel bike trails

$100,000 will help build more of the project

It’s been a good year for fundraising for the Mount Abriel bike trails project.

Earlier this year the group building the trail received $25,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust.

That money will allow for 5.6 km of trails to be built, as well as a bike-skills park and a picnic pavillion with a viewing platform.

Then last week, the RDCK received another $100,000 from the provincial government’s Rural Dividend Fund for the Mount Abriel project.

The money will be used to build a beginner lesson loop and rental/staging area at the Mount Abriel mountain bike trail, as well as a 3.8-km portion of the Peak to Beach trail.

“We’ve had amazing support from funders and the community and volunteers, so it made sense to kind of move forward with the momentum to execute the whole trail project,” says project manager Dawn Driscoll.

She says trail plans and construction crews are in place, and the group is ready to begin work on the plan for this year.

The grant to Nakusp was one of nine projects that received $1.1 million handed out in the West Kootenay last week (see related story page 1).

The Rural Dividend encourages economic diversification in small rural towns through community capacity building, and general economic development.

 

In this 2017 photo, a volunteer clears a rough trail path for the Mount Abriel bike paths. Photo submitted

Section of finished trail. Photo: Nakusp and Area Bike Society

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