Two local trail systems will receive upgrades, following a $690,000 funding announcement by the provincial government on Thursday.
Local MLAs Pat Bell and Shirley Bond announced funding to expand and improve the Cranbrook Hill Greenway Trail and improvements and tree clearing for 11 km of trail at the Beaverly Community Park and Dusty Trail Riders recreation site.
“With this investment, I’m sure we’ll have a trail that is world-class,” Bell said.
The two projects are expected to create 18 temporary jobs, Bell added.
The Cranbrook Hill Greenway project will include six kilometres of new or rerouted trail, construction of 50 rustic log benches, removal of 700 hazardous trees and fire risk management along 25 km of trail.
Prince George Horse Society recreation director Bob Bullock said the trail expansion will connect the equestrian arena next to CN Centre to the trail network.
“It’s something we’ve been working on for two-and-a-half years,” Bullock said. “The trail will go up into Ginters Meadow, hook up on University Way and into the greenway trail. There is many trails that go up into Ginters Meadow… (but) a lot go through private property. A lot are slippery and wet.”
There are 100 horses boarded within the city, he said, and many recreational riders in the city and surrounding area.
Mayor Dan Rogers said the projects will benefit the community by creating short-term employment for unemployed forest workers, and providing long-term benefits to recreation and safety.
“This is about investing in our community,” Rogers said. “Building our non-motorized infrastructure, i.e.. trails, is a great priority for us.”
Funding for the projects was provided by the Community Development Trust’s Job Opportunities Program. The projects are being led by LTN Contracting Ltd. a partnership of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and Roga Contracting Ltd.