The provincial government will contribute another $777,000 toward the Okanagan Rail Trail.
The money is earmarked specifically for the Kelowna portion of the trail between Dilworth Drive and Airport Way.
“With our initial $7.2-million investment for acquisition and the Rural Dividend Fund grant of $500,000 announced in Coldstream last week, this investment of $777,435 through BikeBC brings our government’s recent contribution on behalf of taxpayers to the important project to more than $8.45 million,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA, Norm Letnick.
The rail trail stretches nearly 50 kilometres from Kelowna to Coldstream.
“The City of Kelowna appreciates receiving grant funding that can be used to construct this key section of the Okanagan Rail Trail, connecting the airport and the university to downtown Kelowna,” said Mayor Colin Basran.
“With the city already investing $10.2 million in acquisition of the Kelowna and Lake Country portions of the corridor, this grant funding will let us develop more of the trail sooner, to benefit the region.”