Provincial grant funds new hiking trails at Whitewater, a running center in Red Mountain – Nelson Star

The Friends of Pulpit Rock have expanded their reach and will be building trails near Whitewater this year. Pictured are Ray Neumar and Dave St. Denis in 2019 working on a new hiking trail north of Nelson. Photo: Phil Best

Provincial grant funds new hiking trails in Whitewater and running center in Red Mountain

Projects in New Denver and Rossland were also funded

The Friends of Pulpit Rock Society received a $73,874 grant from the province to develop four new hiking trails at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, including wayfinding and interpretive signs.

The funding is part of the BC government’s $21.3 million Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program for shovel-ready tourism development projects.

Four other projects in the West Kootenay also received funding:

• North Slocan Trails Society, $65,000 for New Denver All Wheels Park, a multi-use outdoor recreation facility in New Denver’s Centennial Park,

• Town of Rossland, $100,000 for the downtown public washroom project,

• Red Mountain Racers Society, $700,000 to expand the Race Center,

• Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association, $500,000 to replace the Galena Trail Gondola to accommodate the use of adapted mountain bikes and wheelchairs.

The Tourism Infrastructure Fund will accept new applications in fall 2022 and again in fall 2023. More information will be released this summer.