Railtown will receive a new public plaza thanks to funding from the Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Tyler Harper

New Railtown plaza to be funded by Columbia Basin Trust

The Trust is funding 12 outdoor community projects

An outdoor plaza in Nelson’s Railtown and the development of Slocan’s waterfront are among the 12 projects receiving money from Columbia Basin Trust.

In a release last week, the Trust said it was handing out $1.9 million as part of its community outdoor revitalization grants.

Among those projects, Nelson will receive $219,156 to create an outdoor public plaza in Railtown that will instil “new life to the area while celebrating and contributing to its historical context and character.”

A press release from the City of Nelson said work including landscaping, seating areas, lighting, decorative paving, and artistic fencing will begin this month and continue through to next summer.

“We’re thrilled to receive this funding from the CBT as it allows us to expand on the already significant work that has gone into making Railtown a destination area for both visitors and locals,” said Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson in a statement.

“We will build on the success of this summer’s Thursday Socials as a dynamic venue for concerts, festivals, markets and other community events.”

Slocan’s waterfront development, meanwhile, is receiving $282,034 to complete several projects including landscaping as well as “adding a railway and gangway ramp to make the existing breakwater pedestrian friendly.”

Slocan’s chief administrative officer Michelle Gordon said in a statement the waterfront is a key tourism draw for the region.

“It is highly used by Slocan residents, regional district residents and visitors from far and wide, with amenities like a boat launch, beach, gazebo and picnic areas. This project will help us develop the area even further.”

Salmo’s Lions Park will be funded $36,447 to install a new year-round washroom, add a drinking fountain and landscape to create an entrance.

The schoolhouse grounds at Harrop will also receive $26,536 in funding to establish a walkway, garden area and gathering spaces.

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