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Projects in Pemberton, Lil’wat Nation, Squamish receive funding

PORCA skills park headlines Pemberton funding; Tourism Squamish to start visitor education initiative
A map of the proposed usage for the Pemberton Farm Road East recreation site, including a mountain bike skills park. Screenshot from Village of Pemberton council package

The Pemberton Off-Road Cycling Association’s (PORCA) mountain biking skills park got a major boost after receiving provincial funding this week.

In all, five initiatives in the Sea to Sky received provincial Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) funding through community economic resilience, destination development and rural economic recovery streams.

In Pemberton, in addition to the $974,258 allocated for the skills park, Tourism Pemberton received $236,500 to install urine-diverting toilets in seven locations along trails and bear-proof food caches.

Tourism Squamish, meanwhile, will get $366,347 for a Sea to Sky visitor education initiative through the destination development stream. As well, Squamish received $65,642 to upgrade the mountain bike skills park at Brennan Park Recreation Centre.

Lastly, Lil'wat Nation will receive $1 million for its Marketplace Infrastructure Project, for “power, water and other infrastructure servicing for mixed-use commercial development to support Indigenous business growth,” according to a release. The funding comes through the Rural Economic Recovery program.

CERIP program funding covers 100 per cent of the project costs. In all, the province will province $100 million to shovel-ready infrastructure projects throughout B.C. through the CERIP program.