The B.C. government is investing $500,000 for trail upgrades and a new bridge at Golden Ears Provincial Park to enhance recreational experiences for the over 615,000 visitors the park sees annually, announced Environment Minister Terry Lake.
Over the next three years, Golden Ears will receive funding to upgrade, connect, resurface and establish hiking trails as part of the ministry's capital investment plan.
Work begins this spring to upgrade the Lower Falls Trail which will include upgrading sections of the trail that currently retain water. The trail will then be resurfaced and is expected to be completed this fall.
In 2014, both the East Canyon and West Canyon trails will undergo upgrades and preparation for a bridge to connect the two trails over Gold Creek will also begin. Final work will be completed in 2015, including trail connections and installation of the new bridge.
Golden Ears is the fourth most-visited provincial park in B.C. and the use of its trails is on the rise, especially with the equestrian community and outdoor recreationists. The East Canyon Trail work will result in improved access for equestrians and hikers with funding also going toward upgrading existing equestrian facilities in the park including hitching posts and corrals.
Since 2008, over $3 million has been invested in the main high-use areas and high-occupancy campgrounds in Golden Ears Park, providing safe drinking water, clean electrical power and an improved day-use area with new, more accessible picnic tables.
Terry Lake, Minister of Environment -
"Our government continues to invest in Golden Ears and along with other recent capital investments to the day use area, a water system upgrade, and a clean energy upgrade - we are improving the park for future generations."
"In the past five years, the Province has invested approximately $53 million in park facilities across the province - a sound and cost-effective investment in the visitor experience ensuring our parks remain accessible for families.
Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission -
"Golden Ears Park is a superb spot for recreation right in our back yard. I've taken my family here many times to hike, camp or picnic. The latest upgrades to the park are evidence of our government's commitment to improving the park experience for both visitors and local residents."
"I'm happy that we're improving the trail system and building a new bridge for hikers, as it will also allow easier access for our search and rescue teams in case of emergency."
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