Fundraising campaign launched for rail trail

Organizers seek $7.86 million for corridor from Coldstream to Kelowna

The vision of a recreational corridor depends on residents digging deep.

Fundraising for the Okanagan Rail Trail between Coldstream and Kelowna began Tuesday with the launch of a $7.86 million campaign.

“That is a lot of money. However, if we each give what we can and encourage our friends, family and neighbours to give as well, we can build this trail quickly so that our communities start receiving the benefits,” said Duane Thomson, with the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative.

“What a legacy we are creating.”

The corridor was acquired by local jurisdictions but the goal is to now raise the funds to construct a 4.6-metre wide compacted, crushed aggregate trail.

“This amazing and scenic 48.5-kilometre trail has the potential to become a world-class recreation corridor appealing to residents and their guests as well as international tourists,” said Thomson.

All donations are received by the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan and the Central Okanagan Foundation and will go towards the development of the trail in its entirety.

Donations can be made online at www.okanaganrailtrail.ca or by contacting one of the foundations.

“More than donations are required to make this trail happen,” said Brad Clements, with the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative.

“Individuals, businesses, clubs and service groups are encouraged to the visit the website and hit the Get Involved Button. Getting to this target will require a myriad of trail ambassadors, campaign partners and business partners. It will take a community to build this legacy.”

 

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