Parks anniversary kicks off with good news announcement

In Hope, plans are already underway by local volunteers for an Arts and Culture celebration this summer at the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, home to the Othello Tunnels.

Premier Christy Clark and Environment Minister Terry Lake pulled the plug on paid parking in B.C. Parks, as they kicked off the B.C. Parks centennial celebrations.

“The parking meters are coming out and parking will be free, effective immediately, so that British Columbia’s parks are even more welcoming for families,” said Premier Clark, in a press release, Tuesday.

“Our parks not only contribute to a healthy lifestyle and protect our environment, they are important to our economy.  More park visitors mean more tourism dollars and more jobs for rural  British Columbians and we want to eliminate any barriers to using the parks,” added Clark.

Also announced was $500,000 in funding through a Community Legacy Program to support community events celebrating the 100th anniversary. Communities can apply for up to $20,000 for trail enhancement projects, improved recreational, conservation, or cultural history projects.

In Hope, plans are already underway by local volunteers for an Arts and Culture celebration this summer at the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, home to the Othello Tunnels.