Peace River Regional District Area B Director Karen Goodings announced that the PRRD will be contributing $44,000 to the project, and MP Bob Zimmer announced $29,841 from the federal government.
“The Beatton Park ski trails is a great project,” says MLA Pat Pimm. “It’s one that’s used a lot in the area, and one that we can use more of as time goes on. It’s great for our families, the people that visit the area, and overall just great for the region.”
In addition, Mayor Lori Ackerman announced $20,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust. She argues that these improvements to our trails will help our athletes prepare for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, as well as attract people to our community.
“In fact, our local cadet biathlon program has some promising athletes and some of them are here with us today who could potentially qualify for the program,” she said, as several young athletes nodded their heads. “Quality recreational facilities are vital to attracting and retaining families in northern British Columbia communities, and the Beatton Park ski trails have been an important recreational facility in our region for over 30 years.”
She added that the improvements will increase usage and provide access to skiers with disabilities. President of the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club Society Eliza Stanford adds that the upgrades will also bring the trails up to a national standard, should Fort St. John ever have the chance to host an event.
Overall, the current trails will be widened, and a whole new network of trails will be developed with the help of a designer from Vancouver.
“That includes mulching and smoothing everything out, grading, improving the culverts, putting in benches, and just making it a better trail system as opposed to trails that just happen to be there,” she explains.
She expects the upgrades and expansion to be ready by next ski season.