Rails to Trails project receives Co-op Community Spaces Grant | DrumhellerMail
Last updateWed, 17 Jul 2024 3pm

Rails to Trails project receives Co-op Community Spaces Grant

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Rails to Trails in Drumheller, Alberta is one of 14 projects that have received a portion of $1 million as a 2024 recipient of Co-op Community Spaces.
The Rails to Trails Project will be receiving $100,000 through the Co-op Community Spaces grant program to upgrade the Midland Bridge to make it usable for foot and bicycle traffic.
“We really appreciate the support from the local Westview Cooperative Association,” said Rails to Trails Fundraising Task Force chair Jason Blanke. “Without the support of the business community in Drumheller and surrounding area, we wouldn’t be as far along as we are. This significant contribution will make the connection between Midland and Newcastle attainable.”
“Partnering with this organization ignites a spark of excitement, as the project will re-establish a connection between these municipalities. Together, we will support sustainability and accessibility throughout the Community, building a welcoming future for everyone involved,” said Mike Isaak, General Manager of Westview Co-op.
Co-op Community Spaces is designed to help protect, beautify and improve spaces across Western Canada. Celebrating its 10th year, Community Spaces has invested a total of $13.5 million in 189 projects in three categories: recreation, environmental conservation and urban agriculture. FCL administers Community Spaces on behalf of more than 160 local Co-ops operating in 600 communities.
The Rails to Trails Project looks to develop a 19-kilometre pathway system utilizing the decommissioned CN rail line. This route starts at the Midland Bridge in Drumheller to the Community of Wayne. This project aims to foster greater connectivity between the surrounding Communities, perfect for outdoor recreation and accessible to everyone.
To mark the contribution, a celebration will be held at the Drumheller Home and Agro Centre on Tuesday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn more about the program and its recipients at communityspaces.ca.

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