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NEWS RELEASE · 26th March 2012
Ministry of Community
The City of Terrace is receiving $373,500 toward its Active Transportation Network Linkage Project, announced Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The funding will go toward creating better active transportation connections within Terrace and to adjacent communities. The project scope will include an extension of the grand trunk pathway, and the addition of cycling lanes and pedestrian sidewalk amenities.

Serving a population of 20,000, the project will help improve physical health of residents by increasing opportunities to be physically active.

Under the $30-million Community Recreation Program, the Province is funding up to 80 per cent of eligible costs for 98 projects that enhance recreation infrastructure provincewide. Projects include trails, bike paths, walkways, playgrounds and other indoor or outdoor recreation centres.

The total value of approved projects is more than $70 million, which will create an estimated 458 direct jobs and 251 indirect jobs.

Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development -

"Terrace is a compact city, which is ideal for active transportation networks that encourage residents and visitors to get out of their cars and walk or bike. Promoting healthy, safe physical activity is a priority for our Province, and projects like this go a long way towards getting people outside and staying fit."

Learn More:

For more information on the Community Recreation Program, go to:
http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/infra/infrastructure_grants/community_recreation_program.htm

Learn more about the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association at: http://www.bcrpa.bc.ca/
Plan for future trail system
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 27th March 2012
One thing missing in all this good news and the list of what the money will be used for is a long-term plan for a trail system. It has been well publicized that the Grand Trunk Pathway would be extended to the Kitsumkalum River but I have heard many complaints that this would allow enthusiasts a one-way stroll by which they would have to turn around and come back the same way.

There are any number of beautiful areas that would appeal to locals and visitors who would appreciate a means of seeing our city on foot or bike and that would be safe, well marked, comfortable and roundabout.

Although a complete trail system would be something that would happen in the long-term, I think some of this grant money should be used to plan out a route for future trail infrastructure. This would enable the city to acquire or hold any land needed and to widen sidewalks where necessary when streets are rebuilt.

One other consideration with the Grand Trunk extension is the imminent constuction of another overpass. As the container port in Prince Rupert is in the process of expanding their operations we will be more desperate for better ways of crossing the rail tracks from Hwy 16 on the south side to the north. How long before we will have to dig up part of our investment in the trail to make way for another overpass?

This grant is a wonderful opportunity to make our city more attractive and welcoming but I hope it will be used with the long-term in mind. Create a plan that maximizes the investment and that locals can look forward to. Who knows, it may even encourage residents to take an active part in fundraising and building the trail if there is a preplanned route.

Awesome! Great news!
Comment by Chris on 26th March 2012
What great news for Terrace! This pathway has been such a huge asset to our community and is so well used. How cool to be thinking about being able to go all the way to the Kalum river using it.
Now it's up to..
Comment by Pat#1 on 26th March 2012
The City of Terrace. It would be nice, never mind safe, if the city would keep the sidewalks clean. As in...the snow cleared promptly, the sand/gravel removed NOW and bus stops/rest areas maintained.

Some walk,wheel, bike for exercise or lifestyle choice

One can only imagine how much better it would be for the people for whom these very services are an everyday part of life.