Push for trail access to slo-pitch facility

A group is looking to build on the extensive trail system in the city by having a path installed between Kamloops and the Tournament Capital Ranch north of Rayleigh.

KAMLOOPS — A group is pushing for construction of a 13 kilometre trail linking the city with the Tournament Capital Ranch north of Rayleigh to begin early next year.

The proposed path, intended for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, would start near the intersection of Halston Avenue and Highway 5 and run to the slo-pitch and rugby facility north of the city. The two metre wide gravel path would be relatively flat.

The committee looking at the Tournament Ranch Trail says the trail fits in with the transportation master plan and is a much safer way to get from Kamloops to the ranch.

Finding a cost effective way to design the route and secure the necessary funding are two obstacles the committee needs to overcome.

The committee plans on completing work on a rough community trail between Rayleigh and the ranch this spring and will continue to lobby for a meeting between all necessary groups to move forward on the rest of the trail.

By July the group hopes to be applying for provincial funding through the Bicycling Infrastructure Investment Funding Program and an application for funding will also be submitted to the city with the plan to see the trail on the 2015 budget so that construction can start in early 2015.

Approval from the Ministry of Highways will be needed and the trail would cross to livestock culverts on Indian band land, two secondary roads in Rayleigh and the railway crossing when entering the ranch grounds. The existing frontage road in Rayleigh would be used where it runs parallel with the highway.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infotelnews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact the managing editor, email Marshall Jones at mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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