Vernon Outdoors Club members are looking forward to the development of the Okanagan Rail Trail.

Vernon Outdoors Club members are looking forward to the development of the Okanagan Rail Trail.

Groups rally behind rail trail

Proceeds from Silver Star Rotary Club’s Rotary Ride July 24 will go towards the rail trail.

Support is growing for a recreational corridor from Coldstream to Kelowna.

The Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative has received donations from residents and groups towards its $7.8 million goal for the route.

“The interest is phenomenal,” said Duane Thomson, ORTI member.

“Groups want to know how they can help to raise funds to build a safe, scenic trail that will be the pride of our communities.”

Proceeds from Silver Star Rotary Club’s Rotary Ride July 24 will go towards the rail trail.

“The rail trail has so many community benefits,” said Rob Irving, ride organizer.

The event offers optional routes of 66, 98 and 126 kilometers starting at Kin Beach and heading to Armstrong.

Information on the Rotary Ride is at rotaryride.ca

The Vernon Outdoors club is also brainstorming ways to support the campaign, but cyclist Jenny McDonell has already pledged to donate $40 a month until the trail is funded.

“It’s time for us to come forward to support what will prove to be one of the most beautiful trails yet,” she said.

For more information about the campaign or to donate, go to www.okanaganrailtrail.ca