Nearly $ 900,000 has been awarded for recreational trail projects across the province following a first round of applications for 2020-21 Trails Manitoba Grant Program, Conservation and Climate Minister Sarah Guillemard and Trails Manitoba announced Friday.
According to the release, the funds are part of a total investment of $ 10 million by the province in trails over the past year in partnership with Trails Manitoba and the Winnipeg Foundation, and will generate income year after year to support the creation, maintenance and improvement of recreational trails in Manitoba.
“Our government is committed to affordable outdoor recreational opportunities, which have become increasingly popular in recent times,” said Guillemard.
The province says that to help manage these funds, the Trails Grant for Manitoba and the Trails Grant for Winnipeg have been created to advance the recreational trail network.
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“Trails Manitoba is excited about the geographic extent and variety of these projects funded through the Trails Grant for Manitoba program,” said Erik Dickson, president of Trails Manitoba.
“These projects will develop new trails and improve and maintain trails throughout the province, benefiting all Manitoba residents.”
Trails Manitoba has selected the first projects that were approved under the program.
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This will cover 35 projects, including new trails, as well as improvements to existing trails.
Here are some examples of the projects and the support they are receiving:
- Headingley Grand Trunk Trail Scenic Walking Trail, New Trail System – $ 39,200
- Brokenhead Interpretive Circuit, New Trail Study – $ 25,850
- Grace Lake Boardwalk and Boreal Trail, new trail system – $ 75,000
- Regional trail system connecting Stony Mountain to Stonewall, new trail system – $ 65,366
- Pinawa Trans Canada Trail Bridge and Tread Renovation Project, Infrastructure Improvements – $ 23,080
Successful recreational trail projects in Winnipeg will be announced at a later date, the minister noted, adding that admission to the Trails Manitoba Grant Program for 2021-22 will open in November.
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