Walkway revitalization coming to Penticton's waterfront

Walking and cycling along Penticton's Okanagan Lake waterfront will be safer and more accessible thanks to a $1.2-million contribution from the Government of Canada through the Gas Tax Fund.

"Our Government is proud to support these improvements to the Okanagan Lake waterfront that will bring new recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors," said Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla. "Revitalizing the lakefront is good for tourism and the economy. This project will also create local jobs and make downtown Penticton even more enjoyable for everyone."

The walkway along the west side of the Okanagan Lake waterfront linking Winnipeg Street to Riverside Drive will undergo reconstruction this spring. The pathway will have a smoother surface, enhanced access for those with mobility challenges, additional trees and new high-efficiency lighting. These improvements will make the pathway more inviting to pedestrians and cyclists while preserving the natural beauty of the waterfront.

"Increasing the accessibility of community pathways is a vital part of creating vibrant, sustainable and healthy communities. It encourages physical activity for every age and ability and contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas," said Bill Barisoff, MLA for Penticton. "Grants provided through the Gas Tax Fund are helping local governments deliver on important projects that not only lead to better public spaces, but to a greater quality of life for British Columbians."

"The Okanagan Lake waterfront is a destination sought by visitors and residents alike, and the project will go a long way to making our community more sustainable and vibrant," said Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton. "The Lakeshore Drive enhancement is a strategic priority for the City of Penticton, and we thank senior levels of government for the funding that has made this revitalization initiative possible."

"I applaud Penticton for this initiative to improve accessibility," said Union of British Columbia Municipalities President Mary Sjostrom. "This project is a good example of how the federal Gas Tax Fund is making practical improvements to communities throughout our province."

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2 billion annually was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan - a plan to help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/index-eng.html.

To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/.