The Okanagan Rail Trail is getting more than half of the $748,000 the area is getting in Canada 150 grants.
The funding was announced by the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada.
The funding will support four projects, including upgrades to sports fields, recreation centres and parks. The announcement was made at the Vantage One Soccer Centre, an indoor recreational facility, where the federal investment will be used to rehabilitate the artificial turf.
RDNO Chair, Bob Fleming says, "We really appreciate the Government of Canada's contribution. The Vantage One Indoor Soccer Centre is a very well-used sports amenity, and this turf replacement will ensure that it serves the community well in to the future."
$471,500 is for construction of the 7.8-million dollar trail between Coldstream and Kelowna.
The Vantage One Indoor Soccer Centre will receive $150,000 to replace the aging artificial turf. Vernon’s Centennial Outdoor Rink will be getting $80,000 for upgrades and the Okanagan Indian Band gets just over $47,000 to renovate Komasket Park and build a fitness path.