The Regional District of the Central Okanagan is applying for a grant to develop amenities for a Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park.
The grant funding, for $975,000 will be submitted to Canada – British Columbia Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for Community, Culture and Recreation, in order to support the development of the park.
The regional board also supports 27 per cent share of investment towards the project, according to a board report which was presented during the district’s regular board meeting, Jan. 28.
The Regional District of Central Okanagan and Westbank First Nation co-manage the 640-hectare protected regional park. With grants received by the Friends of Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən Society and student volunteers, construction has started; hauling, spreading and packing gravel on the first 800-metres of trail within this as yet unopened park.
A 1.4-kilometre loop trail is set to open later this year.
The $975,000 would go towards archaeological assessments, detailed design and tendering, parking and trailhead development, trail connection construction and sign design and installation, according to the report.
“The proposed project is expected to be completed over three years with the first phase in 2019 being the archaeological assessment and detailed design phase, followed by tendering and construction over multiple phases,” the report said.
The Government of Canada is providing 40 per cent of the funding for the project, the province is providing 33 per cent, and the remainder of 27 per cent is from the local government, meaning $390,000 will come from the Government of Canada, $324,967 from the Province of British Columbia, and $260,033 from the regional parks capital development budget.