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City of Quesnel receives federal funding for upgrades to Riverfront Trail

The Government of Canada is providing $118,325
The Government of Canada recently announced funding for upgrades to the Riverfront Trail in Quesnel. (Quesnel Cariboo Observer file photo)

The Government of Canada has awarded $118,325 to the City of Quesnel to upgrade wayfinding signage along the Riverfront Trail.

Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11.

The investment is through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), which was launched in June 2021 and is providing $500 million over two years to projects that build or improve community spaces, and adapt community spaces and assets to be safely used per local public health guidelines.

“This initiative demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting economic development in communities in every corner of British Columbia,” Sajjan said in a news release.

“We have helped put small-and medium-sized businesses on the road to recovery. Now it’s time to invest in the shared public spaces that will safely bring people together and help communities grow and thrive well into the future.”

The funding for upgrades to the Riverfront Trail includes refreshing existing kiosks, designing and installing additional ones, and creating new signage.

Quesnel mayor Bob Simpson said the city is thrilled to implement this stage of its wayfinding strategy.

“The Riverfront Trail serves as the hub of our community trail network, and a well-marked system supports residents and visitors to navigate and explore the community while getting some fresh air and exercise,” Simpson stated in the release.

The Riverfront Trail, which was closed between the Johnston Bridge and the Quesnel River Bridge this past spring due to high water, has since reopened.

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