This fall, the crew from Kootenay Paving completed the last section of the trail now connecting Castle Rock, through Invermere and up to the Tim Hortons at the crossroads. Now walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists are getting closer to realizing the goal of connecting Radium and Invermere via a safe paved pathway for non-motorized users.
Greenways’ vision is to build a paved spine trail that will connect both valley communities and extend down to Fairmont Hot Springs along Westside Road. From the paved spine, many other types of trails can be developed which will cater to additional user groups and activities.
These types of trails can really help bring a community together.
“Just look at the large numbers of people who utilize the paved trail from Banff to Canmore or Cranbrook to Kimberley”, said Greenways director Mark Halwa. “It is great to see national level athletes roller skiing alongside moms pushing baby carriages.”
A key success factor has been the alliance between all the partners. The Shuswap band and the Ministry of Transport worked together to make the land available, the RDEK managed the paving project, the District of Invermere has been maintaining the existing trail and Columbia Basin Trust has recently provided a $25,000 grant for another phase — the Copper Point trail.
The current phase was approximately $38,000 — the Ministry of Transport contributed $6,000, the RDEK $15,000, and Greenways contributed the remaining $17,000.
Greenways does have a plan to connect the latest trail extension now at the crossroads to its existing Old Coach trail, which extends all the way into Radium, and is currently working with several land owners to ensure the trail will get to the Dry Gulch entrance of the Old Coach trail with only one highway crossing.
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