Okanagan rail trail gaining momentum

By Pete McIntyre
November 2, 2016 - 10:45am

VERNON, B.C. The fundraising campaign for the Okanagan Rail Trail is starting to gain some momentum.
 
Trail ambassador Brad Clements says just over 500-thousand dollars was raised in October, which was the goal of a matching campaign backed by a group of  anonymous donors.

"As the campaign was set up to do, what ever is donated will be matched, so that's going to turn into a million dollars raised for the trail in one month which is absolutely incredible," says Clements.  

He says early in the month, it didn't look like the total would be reached.

"It took off slow, but it looks like in the second half of the month, after people got Thanksgiving out of the way, people went online and got their cheque books and credit cards out, and made a donation. We are absolutely thrilled," Clements tells Kiss FM.

Clements says it raises the total to around 1.8 million dollars, which he notes has come in since May.

The 48 kilometre trail between Coldstream and Kelowna is estimated to cost $7.8 million.

It will be constructed in phases as the money is raised.

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