CSRD seeks grant funding for park, trail in Electoral Area C

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The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is hoping to make a new community park and a universal trail project a reality with the help of federal and provincial grant funding.

At the October 15, 2020 Regular Board Meeting, CSRD Directors approved making applications for two separate funding grants for the projects, which are located in Electoral Area C (South Shuswap).

The first application is to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – British Columbia – Community, Culture and Recreation fund for the development of Eagle Bay Community Park. The development of the park is estimated to cost $480,000.

The CSRD's application is for a grant of $351,888, which would cover 73 per cent of the costs to construct the park. If the grant is approved, the remaining $127,981 to complete the park would be paid by the CSRD out of the Electoral Area C Parks Five-Year Financial Plan.

The park will be built on the Eagle Bay Hall Society property at 4326 Eagle Bay Road. A final design was completed earlier this year, following community engagement, as well as support from the Electoral Area C Parks Advisory Committee. Features include: a multi-purpose sport court, a 2-to-5-year-old playground, a 5-to-12-year-old playground with accessible play features, a nature play area, seniors outdoor exercise equipment, a picnic shelter with a concrete plaza area for community events, as well as greenspace, new trees and landscaping.

The trail would be a 1.34-kilometre loop, designed to be accessible to the widest number of possible users, including those of diverse ages and abilities. A preliminary plan has been developed by the Shuswap Trail Alliance with input from a neighbour and long-standing advocate for the park. In addition to the universal trail, the park may include parking and a fenced dog park in future phases, however, additional engineering, planning and design work would be required.