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Penhold and federal government invest $1.5 million in trails

New footbridge, lighting, and boat dock on pond near multiplex are planned

The Town of Penhold and the federal government have joined forces on a $1.5 million trail project.

Federal Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault and Penhold Mayor Mike Yargeau announced the funding on Tuesday. Penhold is contributing $610,000 and the federal government $915,000 to improve local trails with a new footbridge, lighting, as well as 13 new connections and other upgrades.

“This funding will focus on connectivity and expansion of trails in town including a footbridge, crosswalks, lighting, boat dock and aeration system within the ponds by the Penhold Regional Multiplex,” said Yargeau in a statement accompanying the announcement.

“We have been working on developing the recreation lands near the multiplex in phases. This new funding from the ATF (Active Transportation Fund) will allow us to continue on with the next phase right away. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their support in creating further connectivity and active transportation throughout the community.”

In 2016, the town released its Active Transportation Plan, which called for improvements to the trail system in the growing community.

The funding is in keeping with Canada’s National Active Transportation Strategy, which aims to expand networks of pathways, bike lanes, trails and pedestrian bridges, in addition to supporting active transportation planning and stakeholder engagement activities.

The Active Transportation Fund will provide $400 million over five years to make travel by active transportation easier, safer, more convenient and more enjoyable.

“Walking paths, bike networks, and other active transportation options keep Alberta communities connected and healthy,” says Boissonnault. “Today’s announcement builds on our net-zero goals, providing Penhold with new resources to improve active transportation options that are informed by community priorities.”

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