City of Kimberley receives funds to complete trail

Another wooden bridge across Mark Creek is part of the project

he  new wooden bridge will cross the river at the terminus of the rail on the lefts side of the photo.

he new wooden bridge will cross the river at the terminus of the rail on the lefts side of the photo.

Kimberley is receiving about $73,000 in grant money from Bike BC, part of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, to finish the Peak to Platzl Trail. That’s 50 per cent towards the completion of the project; the City will fund the rest.

This is a very exciting project to complete, says Mayor Don McCormick.

“It’s always bugged me that the trail was never finished at the top or bottom,” he said.

“It essentially terminates in a gravel pit right now and the bridge you have to cross isn’t suitable for bikes, let alone walkers. The top doesn’t even have a trail head.”

The project includes the installation of another wooden bridge, right near the end of the trail.

“This project will complete the trail into the downtown,” McCormick said. “It will increase visibility for the Kimberley Underground Mining Railway and restaurants and stores in the Platzl will benefit.”

McCormick says he is not certain if there will be enough money to do something about the trail head at the top.

“I’d like to see a kiosk up there stating that this is where the Rails to Trails starts. But it’s still an exciting project. The big deal is to finish the bottom part especially since Gerry Sorensen has now been paved. And another bridge will be spectacular.”