NS gives grants for Multi Use trails

From the Province of Nova Scotia:

Improvements and extensions to multi-use trails in the Central Region means hikers, bikers and walkers will have more opportunities to stay fit and have fun.

MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, announced seven grants totalling $113,000 for trail development today, June 20, through the Recreation Facility Development Program. The trails are among 21 projects in the Central region receiving grants totalling $582,000.

“Multi-use trails throughout the province give Nova Scotians a chance to enjoy fresh air and the beauty of nature while getting active and leading healthier lives,” said Ms. Kent. “Trails are among the 59 projects receiving nearly $2 million provincewide so children, youth, and families can stay fit and have fun.”

The Cole Harbour Parks and Trails Association received $10,000 to upgrade the Salt Marsh Trail, which begins on Bissett Road in Cole Harbour.

“This wonderful trail shows what can be achieved when governments come together to support the hard work of volunteers and the vision of a community,” said Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Mike Savage. “The Salt Marsh Trail is a great asset for our entire region, allowing people to become more active and engaged in our natural environment.”

“Trails are a binding thread that connect communities and create opportunities for health, education, environment, arts, culture, heritage, recreation, active transportation, and economic development,” said Charlie Sharkey, vice chair of the association. “We value the ongoing government support for trails in and around our community, as well as for trails throughout Nova Scotia.”

The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Examples include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and building and upgrading fields used for sport and recreation.

The grants support Thrive!, the province’s plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The plan has 34 main actions to create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Learn more at thrive.novascotia.ca .