Tara Shantz (front row

Tara Shantz (front row

Trail garners support

Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail in Armstrong gains financial boost

Construction of the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail in Armstrong has been given a financial boost.

The Armstrong-Spallumcheen Active Communities Committee donated $5,052.10 towards construction. The cash comes from leftover funds from past initiatives that promoted active living in the community.

In addition, cash donations from various donors have been received by the City of Armstrong totalling $330 to date. The combined amount of $5,382.10 will help with completion of the trail being built in memory of the Armstrong teenager killed Halloween night 2011.

“The Active Communities Committee is pleased to provide funding towards construction of the Taylor Van Diest Memorial Trail,” said Tara Shantz, committee chairperson. “This trail will promote active living in our community, and will provide a safer passage for walkers between Rosedale Avenue and Pleasant Valley Road.”

The trail is located on the west side of the railroad between Rosedale and Pleasant Valley Road.

Building a fence separating the trail from the railway will be completed by the end of the year.

The Van Diest family, with the cooperation of Kelowna Pacific Railway and the City of Armstrong, announced the creation of the trail as a permanent memorial to Taylor.

The family championed the construction of the trail with the city assuming its maintenance when completed.

“We have been very encouraged by the support and generosity of many people to help us get to where we are today with the trail,” said Marie Van Diest, Taylor’s mom.

“This donation will aid greatly in paying for the required fencing. We believe the trail will be a wonderful addition to the community and hope everyone will use it often.”

The Van Diest family is financing construction of the trail along with donations of cash, materials and services.