Media & Press
Tourism Chilliwack is continually engaging in activities to actively promote our beautiful community as a destination. Below are some recent media releases about what our organization has been up to.
Chilliwack Celebrates a Successful Year of Trail Improvements
Chilliwack, BC – October 28, 2015 - The Chilliwack River Valley has benefited from $75,000 in funding and hundreds of hours of volunteer work to improve backcountry safety and promote low impact enjoyment of Chilliwack’s incredible trail network.
Trail improvements included maintenance and repairs to over 70 km of backcountry trails including brushing and clearing, new bridges, addressing erosion, and upgrading broken down trail beds. Trails addressed included 14 popular recreation trails on crown land as well as the Lindeman-Greendrop trail in Chilliwack Lake Park. In addition, wayfinding signs were installed to help visitors find the trailheads and improve navigation on the trails themselves. TD Green Streets provided funding for several kiosks to provide information on recreational opportunities throughout the Chilliwack River Valley.
“My sincere thanks to you all, for being an integral part of this gathering force that is working to preserve and protect for future generations, this jewel we call, the Chilliwack River Valley.” Says Orion Engar, Fraser Valley Regional District Area E Director, Chilliwack River Valley.
Members of the Chilliwack Park Society spearheaded much of the initiative. According to president Marc Gredainus, “the community has been amazing at getting behind the initiative, whether it be in contributing time or dollars to the project.” Local community dollars were matched with grants from the National Trails Coalition, TD Green Streets, and the BC Parks Enhancement fund.
Starting in May, trails within the Chilliwack River Valley started receiving some much needed attention thanks to a group of community minded organizations. Allison Colthorp, Executive Director of Tourism Chilliwack says, “Trail enhancement and development is a vital component in growing Chilliwack’s tourism economy and will positively impact the remarkable experience visitors have in our community. We are honored to be involved in such a dynamic project and partnership.”
The TD Green Streets grant was specifically intended to enhance the trail heads with landscaping, signage and information kiosks. The Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe planted species significant to their culture such as, birch, red cedar, black cottonwood, licorice fern, red flowering current, juniper, and other traditional plants. Kiosks were built to provide information on the trails, the responsibilities of trail users, the plants and their meaning, First Nation’s connection to the area, and the ecological importance of the forests, mountains and the river valley and why we must respect and protect them.
“We congratulate the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe for developing an initiative that will enhance and important green space in their community,” says Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “We’re pleased that we have been able to support the efforts of Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe and we look forward to seeing their plan come to life.”
To date the Chilliwack River Valley Hiking Trails Rehabilitation Project committee has secured $75,000 funding from:
National Trails Coalition - for deadfall removal, repairing footpath treads, drainage work, and replacing the trail signage of 13 registered trails in the Chilliwack River Valley.
• TD Green Streets Grant - for beautification and enhancements of the 13 registered trailheads with culturally significant plants and informational kiosks.
• BC Parks Enhancement Fund – for deadfall removal, stair and bridge construction, trail marker upgrades, and drainage work on the upper portion of the Lindeman–Greendrop trail.
• Founding and Financial supporting partners include Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation, City of Chilliwack, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, Giv’r’take 30 Around the Lake Society, Chilliwack Outdoor Club, Chilliwack Parks Society, Mt. Waddington’s Outdoor, Community Futures South Fraser, Tourism Chilliwack Inc., Fraser Valley Regional District, Federation of Mountain Clubs BC, Fraser Valley Mountain Biking Association and the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe.
The projects outlined above will stimulate approximately 500 volunteer hours upon their completion.
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