City receives beautiful money from province
Kamloops will receive $250,000 in funding to help improve the Lorne Street corridor project in front of Riverside Park.
The funding is from the provincial government’s community recreation program and was announced on the weekend in the park by Ida Chong, the minister of community, sport and cultural development, and Terry Lake, the environment minister and MLA for Kamloops-North Kamloops.
The Kamloops project, which aims to make the Lorne Street area more pedestrian-friendly, is one of 98 throughout B.C. to receive some of the $30 million being doled out from the community recreation program.
Under this initiative, the province is funding up to 80 per cent of eligible costs for projects that enhance recreation infrastructure provincewide.
Projects include trails, bike paths, walkways, playgrounds and other indoor or outdoor recreation centres.
Smaller and rural communities were given priority in the selection process.
The Lorne Street project is part of the Making Kamloops Shine initiative.
The project will make Lorne Street more walkable by providing streetscape improvements and traffic calming measures between First and Third avenues.
Also announced were four other Kamloops-area projects that will receive funding through the program:
• Chase Memorial Park Wharf rebuild project — $365,600.
• Clearwater North Thompson Sportsplex dressing room expansion — $400,000.
• Sun Peaks Community Recreation Centre phase 1 — $400,000.
• Barriere community recreation project — $238,680.