The Friends of Pulpit Rock have expanded their reach and will be building trails near Whitewater this year. Shown here, Ray Neumar and Dave St. Denis in 2019 working on a new hiking trail north of Nelson. Photo: Phil Best

The Friends of Pulpit Rock have expanded their reach and will be building trails near Whitewater this year. Shown here, Ray Neumar and Dave St. Denis in 2019 working on a new hiking trail north of Nelson. Photo: Phil Best

Provincial grant funds new hiking trails at Whitewater, race centre at Red Mountain

Projects in New Denver and Rossland also funded

The Friends of Pulpit Rock Society has received a grant of $73,874 from the province to develop four new hiking trails at Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson, including directional and interpretive signs.

The funding is part of the $21.3-million Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program from the B.C. government for shovel-ready tourism development projects.

Four other projects in the West Kootenay also received funding:

• North Slocan Trails Society, $65,000 for the New Denver All Wheels Park, a multi-use outdoor recreational facility in New Denver’s Centennial Park,

• City of Rossland, $100,000 for the Downtown Public Washroom Project,

• Red Mountain Racers Society, $700,000 to expand the Race Centre,

• Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association, $500,000 to replace the Galena Trail cable car to accommodate adapted mountain bike and wheelchair use.

The tourism infrastructure fund will accept new applications in the fall of 2022 and again in the fall of 2023. More information will be released this summer.

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