The 100 Mile House Nordics Club has successfully been granted $388,000 in funding for installing ground LED lights on one of their most popular trails.
“We’re very excited to be able to replace and extend our lightning and have this opportunity to leave a legacy for the community,” said Kristi Iverson, the 100 Mile Nordics president. “The new lighting will be in-ground and will also be LED and efficient and require very little maintenance once it’s in.”
The club’s most popular trail will be the one to receive the lights, making it more accessible during night time.
Even though the application for the funding was submitted to the Special Circumstance Rural Development Fund, the club has been working on it for a couple of years, said Iverson.
The club created an engineering plan a couple years ago and has been working on implementing it for a while.
Some of the funding also comes from the Cariboo Regional District.
“The poles and our existing lighting are all getting really old and in need of replacement and it’s no longer easy to find or pay someone to climb poles and work on wires,” said Iverson.
The new president, taking the position after former president Maryanne Capnerhurst retired in May, said everyone was relieved to have the project approved and underway.
Work won’t start until June of next year, but it should be all done by October just in time for the ski season.
“Credit really goes to Maryanne Capnerhurst, the past president of 100 Mile Nordics, and Neil Manhard. They’ve been the ones that really spearheaded this project and did the work to bring in the funding,” said Iverson.
With the closure of Mount Timothy for the season, the Nordics Club are also hoping that those who are sad about the mountain’s situation will try out cross-country skiing in the meantime, said Iverson.