LocalMotion Program Provides Funding for Local Trail Connectors

DAWSON CREEK – The B.C. Government is contributing $948,109 towards a walking trail and indoor running track in Dawson Creek, announced Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

An indoor running track at the Encana Event Centre will provide opportunities for year-round physical exercise to residents and visitors of all ages. A 1.4km trail along Dawson Creek east of 8th Street that will connect to an existing trail to create a continuous trail that spans the city and is located adjacent to Dawson Creek away from traffic.

?I?m pleased to announce this important funding for my constituency,? said Lekstrom. ?With the weather that we have during the winter months, it?s much harder to get outside for exercise. The indoor track will provide residents who want to stay physically active with a new choice.?

Twenty-eight communities across British Columbia are receiving almost $20 million in provincial funding, through the first round of the LocalMotion program, to build bicycle paths, trails, walkways, support community playgrounds and improve accessibility for people with disabilities. The fund will provide $40 million over four years for capital projects that provide alternate transportation options.

LocalMotion is one of four new Green Cities programs announced by the Premier at the 2006 Union of B.C. Municipalities annual conference. These include the Towns for Tomorrow program, providing infrastructure funding for B.C.?s smaller communities, B.C. Spirit Squares, aimed at creating or enhancing outdoor public celebration spaces and the Green City Awards to recognize local governments that are leading the way in British Columbia, providing for greener, healthier communities for their citizens.