Gateway Gazette

Council Approves Application for Federal Grant

 

High River, AB: Council has given approval for administration to apply for a matching grant, up to $500,000, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. If approved, the funding will be used to enhance the Town’s Happy Trails pathways.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of the Government of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration to invest in community infrastructure projects that undertake meaningful upgrades to existing cultural and community facilities.

“This grant will help to enhance the connectivity of High River’s existing Happy Trails network and further develop a walkable community” says Lisa Reinders, director of community services for the Town. “Residents will have the opportunity to walk or bike anywhere they want and the trails will lead them to vibrant community gathering spaces.”

The Canada 150 project funding would help complete and enhance the existing trail system by making connections and creating loops around High River. It will also include story boards along the trails to celebrate and commemorate the Town’s unique history.

If the Government of Canada approves the Town’s application, council would agree to provide up to $500,000 in matching capital funds to complete the project.

“This project would support the development of a complete pathway system that would improve the quality of life for residents, create opportunities for social interaction and develop a strong sense of belonging to a vibrant and healthy community,” adds Reinders.

The main objective of this grant is for communities to create a lasting legacy resulting from the Canada 150 project funding. Strong preference will be given to projects that will provide long-term benefits and can be viewed with pride by the community.

The application will be submitted by June 17 and the Town will be notified in September 2015 if this project is eligible for funding. Further information will be posted on the Town website http://www.highriver.ca

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