Rail trail October campaign surpasses target

The goal of $500,000 was exceeded, adding more than $1 million in one month.

A recreational corridor is planned from Coldstream to Oyama.

A recreational corridor is planned from Coldstream to Oyama.

Trail enthusiasts are thrilled with the results of October’s donation matching campaign for the Okanagan Rail Trail.

Late in September, seven individuals came forward offering to match donations received during October up to a total of $500,000. And while final tallies will not be available until next week, the goal of $500,000 was exceeded, adding more than $1 million in one month.

This brings the total to just over $1.8 million since the $7.8 million campaign began in May.

“The foundation for the October campaign was laid by seven donors who are committed to the vision of this legacy project,” said Brad Clements, with the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative.

“And it was the generosity of the more than 700 donors that made the campaign a huge success.”

Funds raised this fall will go towards work that will make the corridor safer for users, and prepare for future stages of trail development.

Donations can be made at https://okanaganrailtrail.ca/donate or by contacting the Community Foundation of North Okanagan at 250-542-8677 or the Central Okanagan Foundation at 250-861-6160.