Wainwright will be making more outdoor recreation available through grant funding from the federal government.
Through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund $374,790 will go towards its Trail Network Expansion and new Playground Project.
The fund is administered in Alberta by Prairies Economic Development Canada and officials detail the expansion as:
- 1071 meters of paved trails
- Playground Equipment
- Wallace Park Pond Upgrade
- 20 Solar crosswalks
- 20 Recycling Receptacles
- 12 Benches
- 10 Waste/Recycling Receptacles
- 8 Bike racks
Town planners say this will connect community spaces and business districts, encourage physical fitness, reduce their environmental footprint, increase a sense of connectedness and foster an eco-friendly mindset.
Mayor Bruce Pugh says Wainwright is committed to recovering from the pandemic and continuing to thrive and grow into the future.
“The trail system with the addition of benches, crosswalks, bike racks, a new playground & Wallace Park upgrades provides new ways for the community to connect improving mental health, community involvement, retention of youth and residents & economic growth. We are excited to move forward with this project.”
The planning team sees that by increasing trail connectivity within the Town of Wainwright it will enhance accessibility to the Main Street/downtown area and highway shopping districts which will assist businesses that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
Also, by adding trails, solar crosswalks, benches, bike racks, waste & recycling receptacles, a new playground and Wallace Park upgrades will make Wainwright a more attractive community to those looking to relocate & provide newcomers particularly those without licenses or vehicles, and others a way to easily commute to work, thereby adding employment opportunities.