The Elkford Trails Alliance (ETA) recently inaugurated a new stretch of trails with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
According to Colin Standish of the ETA, on Saturday (Oct. 15), the ETA officially opened their 2022 trail project, which includes 4 kilometres of four-season multi-use non-motorized trail.
“Supporters joined us to ride and hike the new trails before celebrating at the trail head,” he said.
ETA president Guillaume Goggin said a few words thanking their sponsors, volunteers, community and landowners for making the project possible.
“The ETA have been working hard to build a non-motorized community here in Elkford,” he said.
“Today, it meant so much to us to have so many out to show their support.”
Standish announced the trail names of the four sections, which follow along a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme. The names are Bebop, Rocksteady, The Foot, and Splinter.
ETA vice-president Katherine Russell cut the ribbon to officially open the trail.
The total project budget was $75,000, with $60,000 coming from the Columbia Basin Trust and the rest coming from many local sponsors. Volunteers pitched in over 600 hours to the project, Standish said.
Oct. 15 was also the day BC’s general elections, and Elkford’s mayor-elect Steve Fairbairn joined the group for the opening of the trail (before learning the results of the election).
“It is so exciting to see the ETA being so successful and so supported as they create an amazing network of non-motorized trails for our hikers and bicyclists in and around Elkford,” he said.
“As a trail user myself I am very impressed with the quality and terrain of these new trails.”