The Shuswap Trail Alliance will run the day-to-day operations of the Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail.
The Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Corridor Governance Advisory Committee endorsed a recommendation to bring the Shuswap Trail Alliance on board, noting their expertise with trail projects in the area.
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District Board, acting on behalf of the BC Rural Dividend Program funding partners, which include the Splatsin First Nation and the Regional District of North Okanagan, endorsed the recommendation at its regular meeting on June 20.
“The Shuswap Trail Alliance has proven time and time again they are well prepared and knowledgeable. They are tried, tested and true in the Shuswap Region,” said CSRD board chairperson Rhona Martin.
The CSRD, the Splatsin and the RDNO have committed to work together towards developing the 50-kilometre recreational greenway, which would run along the west side of Mara Lake, through portions of the rail corridor previously purchased by Splatsin, and span the communities of Sicamous, Grindrod, Enderby, Spallumcheen and Armstrong.
All three partners note the economic and social benefits of the trail project to citizens and visitors, but also make a commitment towards being good stewards of the land.
To advance the planning stage of proposed 50-kilometre trail project, funds were obtained through a $500,000 grant from the BC Rural Dividend Fund, with a $168,000 commitment from the CSRD’s Sicamous and Area E Economic Opportunity Fund and $168,000 from the District of Sicamous.