Vernon trail group jumps on fundraising bandwagon

The Ribbons of Green Society of Greater Vernon has contributed $5,000 towards Okanagan Rail Trail

Dave Smith

Another business has stepped forward with a donation towards the development of the Okanagan Rail Trail.

The Ribbons of Green Society of Greater Vernon has contributed $5,000 towards the trail, with the hope that other Okanagan recreation users and groups will do the same.

With the tremendous potential of the trail, and the fact that hundreds of walkers and cyclists are already using the undeveloped route each day, the Ribbons of Green Society put the rail trail as a priority for funding.

“It has been great to see so many people enjoying the route, including all ages and all abilities from experienced cyclists and joggers to families,” said Dave Smith, Ribbons of Green Director. “Recreation users are so positive about this new public greenspace. As trail planners, society directors know what it will take to build a trail that is safe, environmentally friendly, and that will last for future generations.”

Bob Fleming, chair of the Regional District of North Okanagan, thanked the Ribbons of Green Society for their generous donation.

“The trail will provide the opportunity to ride in a safe environment without traffic and while enjoying world class views. It provides a place to get fit and stay fit,” Fleming noted. “The rail trail has huge potential for local residents and guests, and will be heavily used. As funds are raised, action items for trail development will be implemented in sequence, and in coordination with other communities along the route.”

Donations can be made online at: www.okanaganrailtrail.ca or at the Community Foundation of North Okanagan or Central Okanagan Foundation.