The Village successfully appealed to get ½ funding from GO BC grants, because our Village had not received Expo funding as others in the area had.
$50,000 per year for the first three years was placed in our budget and matched by Government funding. The $300,000 was used to put in the water system, gardens, grass, blacktop, picnic area, gazebo, bathroom/concession building, blacktopping arena parking lot, sidewalks for stub street ends, picnic tables and more.
BC Hydro, along with help from Milton Parent of the Historical Society, had the kiosk built below the Leland Hotel.
Along with the Village Works, the K-40 Club, under the direction of Doreen Desrochers, spearheaded a project to put memorial benches along the walkway. There was an overwhelming response by many families, and there are now more than 27 benches on the walkway, which represent a contribution from the community of over $16,000. As well, many families chose to place a tree along the walk as a living memory of a family member – a contribution of over $800.
IN 1995, BC Hydro contributed $57,000 toward the street end slopes of 2nd, 3rd and 5th Streets.
It is heartening to see residents enjoying the walk and the view, and a source of pride to hear visitors' praise.
A long term goal is to add to the walkway, creating a walkway linear park all the way around town. This is almost a reality. With the construction of the new truck route, Ministry of Highways constructed a trail along the route, thus extending the trail to encompass over three-quarters of the town.