Half a million dollars is earmarked 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 on Monday afternoon.
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
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.
"Golden Ears Park is a superb spot for recreation right in our backyard, said Marc Dalton, Liberal MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission. 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."
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