Brockville receives cash to build cycling network

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – The city will receive a $325,000 grant from the province to build Brockville’s cycling network.

The City of the Thousand Islands was one of 51 municipalities awarded a grant under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP).

Roughly 150 municipalities had expressed interest in getting a share of the $10 million program.

OMCIP is part of the province’s #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy to make cities more bike-friendly over the next two decades.

The money will cover about one-third of the cost to build a north-south linkage by extending the Brock Trail from the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area at Centennial Road to Laurier Boulevard.

It will run along the Buells Creek waterway and have pedestrian crossovers.

The second project is a multi-use off-road trail along Parkedale Avenue, connecting the existing trail beside Buells Creek to the trailhead beside Westminster Public School.

Another third for the project will come from the city’s capital funding for active transportation and the balance of the $950,000 project will be raised through grants, foundations, donations and in-kind contributions.

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