By Steve Hubrecht
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The Village of Canal Flats has received a Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) grant that will pay for the first phase of its downtown streetscape beautification plan. 

The CBT grant is for $55,000 and comes from trust’s Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants. 

Work covered by the grant includes restoring and enhancing the eastern block of Grainger Road in downtown Canal Flats, between Burns Avenue and Luck Avenue, adding signs highlighting local history, improving sidewalks, and putting in street lamps, benches and bicycle racks. 

“Community aesthetics and implementation of the village’s downtown streetscape beautification plan is a strategic priority of council,” said Canal Flats mayor Karl Sterzer in a press release. “This will enable phase one of the beautification plan to be implemented—taking a project off the page and making a tangible improvement to the quality of place in downtown Canal Flats. We’re eager and excited to get started on this and other projects that will make Canal Flats an even more attractive place to be.”

The downtown beautification plan was created last year, and this planning work was paid for by the planning stream of the CBT’s Outdoor Revitalization Grants.

“The plan was created with community input,” Canal Flats chief administrative officer Adrian Bergles told the Pioneer, adding when the work will begin and wrap up is still to be determined.

“It may begin this year and wrap up in 2022, or it may perhaps start in 2022 and finish the following year,” said Bergles.

CBT collectively distributed more than $1.3 million to 10 communities (including Canal Flats) through the Outdoor Revitalization Grants.