Columbia Basin Trust
Outdoor public spaces like parks, downtown cores and waterfronts will become even more welcoming as 12 communities receive over $1.9 million to create, restore or enhance these locations. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants.
“By improving aesthetics and functionality, these projects will help create areas where people want to gather,” said Will Nixon, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “They’ll become more useful and attractive to the people who live there, create a draw for visitors and aid in boosting the well-being of local businesses.”
As the hub of the community, the Canal Flats Community Park has lots of amenities, from a bike track to a playground. Soon it will have two more vital components. The Village of Canal Flats, in partnership with the Canal Flats Community Society, will be constructing a covered pavilion and washrooms.
“The pavilion will make for a beautiful outdoor meeting area, protected from sun and rain and open to the public at all times for activities like barbecues,” said Adrian Bergles, the Village’s Chief Administrative Officer. “It will feature prominently during local festivals and will enhance community events like weddings and family reunions. The public washrooms will make the park even more pleasant. Together, these will help make the park the best place it can be.”
The Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants provide municipalities, regional districts and First Nations communities with up to $500,000 to create, restore or enhance outdoor multi-use spaces, and up to $10,000 for planning and design for First Nations communities and communities with populations under 5,000. Learn more at ourtrust.org/CORgrants.
Learn all the ways the Trust helps communities take action on issues and opportunities at ourtrust.org/community.
Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit ourtrust.org or call 1.800.505.8998.