Town and province walk the path to wellness

The town and the province have funded two large health and wellness projects in Vanderhoof

From left

As part of a $1.1-million initiative to keep the community active, the town and the province have funded two large health and wellness projects in Vanderhoof.

Last month, a range of outdoor fitness equipment was installed in Riverside Park. The town also completed construction of a 2.2-kilometre trail system that weaves through some of the community’s most scenic areas.

Both projects were celebrated and put to the test on Friday, Nov. 2, by Gerry Thiessen, mayor of Vanderhoof, and John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes.

“These two new projects are incredible assets to the community of Vanderhoof,” said Thiessen.

Amid snow and slush, the two political leaders took a short jaunt down a portion of the trail next to the Vanderhoof Community Museum, and then travelled to Riverside Park for a brief workout.

Rustad, who knows of several other communities that have installed the same fitness equipment, said he always hears the same positive story.

“It’s great to have that option for people who want to be outside and have the opportunity to get a little exercise,” he said.

The $630,000 Community Trail Project included the construction of a look-out station next to the museum and a bridge across Stoney Creek. The addition of benches, garbage containers and a walking lane across the Douglas Street bridge were also important parts of the project.

Installing the fitness equipment was just one component of a $473,000 project to spruce up Riverside Park. The development of a multi-use sports field and the purchasing of portable washrooms, a mobile stage and a sound and lighting system also fell under the Riverside Park Project.

Rustad helped the town secure $315,000 and $366,000 of provincial grant money for the trail and park projects respectively. A $12,000 rubber mat that was installed beneath the fitness equipment was paid for by Tire Stewardship B.C., a provincial government recycling program.

“The government of B.C. provided over $680,000 to these projects, which will provide lots of opportunity for local residents to get out and enjoy the community and connect on many levels,” said Rustad.

Before leaving Riverside Park and heading to Woody’s Bakery to discuss other matters, Thiessen and Rustad shook hands and spoke selflessly about one another’s efforts in bringing the projects to fruition.

“Those were great grants, and you’re going to see a lot of activity – and you’re already seeing it,” Thiessen told Rustad.

“Hey, all I did was try to advocate for it,” Rustad said about the grant money, which came from the province’s Local Motion and Towns for Tomorrow programs.

“You guys did all the hard work.”

 

Just Posted

Body found in Vanderhoof motel

Police currently investigating suspicious death

Bylaw barking up the wrong tree

Critics point out inconsistencies, other problems

Fatal collision claims life of community leader

On Friday, May 18, a collision, just eight kilometres east of Vanderhoof,… Continue reading

Ceremony an important step toward healing

Residential School survivors honoured

Presentations at council meeting suggest flooding is unlikely

Council and Rio Tinto cautiously optimistic

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Langley event one of five held in B.C.

Most Read