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Medicine Hat creating multi-use trails with help of $7.5M from province

MEDICINE HAT – Work to develop unpaved, multi-use trails connecting Gas City Campground and Echo Dale Regional Park is now underway with up to $7.5 milion in funding from the provincial government.

Approximately 20 kilometers of trails and a skill track will be developed in the area adjacent to the Echo Dale / Campground Trail within the Heritage Trail Network. Walkers, dog owners, joggers and cyclists will have access to these trails once complete.

Trail users will notice flags have been placed in the area, marking the routes. As design work continues, the City is reminding residents to refrain from removing these markers as construction in the area is scheduled to begin later this spring.

Throughout construction, the Echo Dale / Campground Trail will remain open to all trail users. Residents are reminded to please use caution around any equipment in the area.

The Government of Alberta’s Municipal Stimulus Program helped develop this project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was allocated per capita, providing Medicine Hat a maximum contribution of $7.5 million. The program identified extensive eligibility criteria, including no ongoing operational costs (creating future burden on tax rates), no existing budget commitment (projects that would not go forward in the absence of support through the stimulus program), commencement of construction by 2021 and expending all grant funds by December 31, 2021.

More information about this project can be found on the city’s website.

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