At the Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) monthly meeting on Friday, May 29 the board approved the request of $30,000 from the Cariboo Strong grant to be allocated to the South Cariboo Wheelchair Accessible Wilderness Trails project.
The approval comes after the South Cariboo Joint Committee voted in favour of it in the second half of May and supplements funds raised when the CRD submitted a rural dividend grant application in August of 2019 for $100,000 to support the development of three new wheelchair accessible wilderness trails, intended to expand the existing network in the region. These proposed trails included in the application were at locations throughout the South Cariboo including in Forest Grove, the Mountain Spruce Community Park on Mahood Lake Road and the Valentine Lake recreation site.
The CRD, in order to proceed with the project and the full development plan, has decided that $30,000 in matching funding will be required and staff have identified the South Cariboo allocation of the Cariboo Strong program as an excellent opportunity to secure this funding. It originated as a $133,000 contribution from the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and was targeted at trail development and other economic development planning activities.
As of this decision, $47,360 of the South Cariboo funding has been allocated and $84,640 remains to support appropriate projects as the CRD sees fit.