Monday, May 16, 2016

Fundraising Begins This Week

107.5 KISSFM POLL - Results 
Would you consider donating around $150 to build a metre of the new Okanagan Rail Trail?
Yes 52.8.%
No 42.0%
Any amount should be good 5.1%

Posted on 5/16/2016 8:15 AM by Ron Manz 107.5 KISSFM
'Building it one-metre at a time". That is the goal of the Okanagan Rail Trail fundraising initiative that is launching officially Wednesdsay. The initiative hopes to raise $7.86 million dollars to help construct the 48.5 kilometre trail network from Coldstream to Kelowna. The Rail Trail's Brad Clement says they hope to convince everyone to donate at least $150.00, the cost of construction of one metre of trail. "What is is going to take is each of us giving a donation of $150 or whatever amount we can afford whether it's more or less that, and then us asking our friends and neighbours to do so and then them asking their long as we create that network, we could have this money raised in a couple of years." Clement says getting service clubs and other organizations exciting about joing their efforts is also crucial. "There's been discussions with most of the Rotary's up and down the valley and Lion's Clubs and there's all kinds of people that are contacting the foundation and the municipalities already. We say it's going to take a community to build this legacy and that's what it's shaping up to be." Clement says it will be a basic design to begin with and won't be paved."It will be 4.6 metres wide with proper drainage and built basically to road standards, so once this first phase is in we can see how people are accessing it, what the traffic count is and then paving can be done in the next phase and obviously you start paving where the trail is most active." If they can raise $3-4 million this summer, construction on the trail could begin by the spring of 2017.
Also See A sneak peak at a possible future for the Okanagan Rail Trail
By John McDonald

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