The government of Canada has funded upgrades to Kitscoty’s walking trails.
The village has received $128,230 for the project, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The project will see repairs and extensions of the trails, as well as adding new playground equipment in the village.
The trails were one of several projects in the Vegreville-Wainwright constituency to get funding, including upgrades to parks community centres in Ranfurly, Vegreville, Lamont, Leduc County, and Willingdon .
Leon Benoit, member of parliament for the constituency, says the project is one way the government is building up infrastructure.
“The Canadian Municipalities Association… Ten years ago, when we were first elected, they came and said ‘We need between $70 and $90 billion to catch up on infrastructure funding,'” Benoit said. “And guess what? We have actually spent more than that already, and the figure hasn’t changed. So it is a huge thing, and we feel that that’s an important way that the federal government can be involved with the local communities.”
Daryl Frank, mayor Kitscoty, said he was excited about the upgrades.
“We get most of our money from our residents,” said Frank, “to fund all our services. So a project like this, will sit, and we’ll collect what money we can over the years, but it sits on the back burner for years and years until we can actually afford to do it. So planning on expanding our trails, or resurfacing our trails, would’ve been years down in the plans. So, to have this money now, is just a big bonus and… in the next two or three years that project can be completed.”
In total, $388,970 in funding was distributed constituency-wide.