Okanagan Rail Trail funding
A very generous contribution from a local family, together with the recent funding pledge from the federal government means that the Okanagan Rail Trail is only $150,000 away from being completely funded.
"Within the next month or two, a complete story will be told of the local family who was inspired by the community campaign, and potential for the rail trail to support multi-generational healthy families”, says Laurie Postill, North Okanagan Trail Ambassador. “In the meantime, there is a final chance for all of our communities to join in to finish the campaign.”
The fundraising target, established nearly 2 years ago was $7.8 million. “For people closely following campaign progress, the fundraising total may have appeared stalled at 70%”, notes Brad Clements, Trail Ambassador who has led the initiative since 2013, when CN announced a process for abandonment of the route. “The federal pledge (to match $.50 on each $1 raised for new work) plus the recent generosity of this local family has changed everything. It has taken a bit of time for accounting and budgeting, but we are now confident that the original target is only $150,000 away.”
The fundraising group, Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative, hopes to raise the funds before July 1, and will disband shortly after.
“If we overshoot the target, any surplus funds would be available to trail owner jurisdictions to allocate to trail amenities and infrastructure”, adds Duane Thomson, Lake Country Trail Ambassador. “Our communities have provided remarkable support in bringing this dream to life, and we are rewarded by the reaction from so many ecstatic trail enthusiasts”. Heather Stewart, Kelowna Trail Ambassador adds, “This is the last chance to be part of completing this legacy from Kelowna to Coldstream. Let’s make it happen.”