WINNIPEG – Active transportation trails in Manitoba will get a boost thanks to $7 million in funding.
The provincial government recently announced it is partnering with Trails Manitoba to create, maintain and enhance trails across the province and in the city of Winnipeg.
The province created three funds that will be overseen by Trails Manitoba and held in trust by The Winnipeg Foundation. The $1-million Trails Manitoba Operating Endowment Fund will be used for Trails Manitoba’s ongoing operations.
The $4-million Manitoba Trails Improvement Endowment Fund will pay for annual application-based grants to create new trails or improve existing ones.
The third fund, a $2-million Manitoba Trails Strategic Fund, will go towards capital projects that advance recreational trail development in Winnipeg and will be distributed as matching grants.
“This investment by the province will allow us to leverage support for many trail projects throughout Manitoba,” said Erik Dickson, president of Trails Manitoba, in a statement.
“It provides the financial stability to ensure our organization is sustainable and able to continue supporting the construction and maintenance of recreational trails while improving our province’s trail offerings and ensuring their long-term viability for future generations to enjoy.”
Officials explained eligible projects must create new trail opportunities, either by creating a new trail or extending an existing one, improve the quality of the trail network, or provide maintenance or trail beautification. Trails Manitoba will have more information on eligibility and project criteria in the coming weeks.
There are more than 1,700 kilometres of active transportation trails throughout the province.