The future site of the Richmond Hill multi-use pathway in Hope, funded by the Community Benefit Agreement between the District of Hope and Trans Mountain. (Trans Mountain photo)

The future site of the Richmond Hill multi-use pathway in Hope, funded by the Community Benefit Agreement between the District of Hope and Trans Mountain. (Trans Mountain photo)

New $500,000 trail in Hope to be built with Trans Mountain funding

Community Benefit Agreement helps district create crosstown trail for all users

A new multi-use trail is being developed in Hope with funds from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

The new Richmond Hill Multi-use Trail will travel from Silver Creek to downtown via Richmond Hill. It will begin at Flood Hope Road and will span from west of Beacon Road and also tie into the existing pathway at the Hope Lookout trailhead. It will provide a safe and accessible corridor for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users.

Trans Mountain and the District of Hope have a Community Benefit Agreement in place, and the new trail will come from a $500,000 payment from the project to the district. A presentation was made at Monday night’s council meeting.

“The District of Hope is very appreciative of the contribution from Trans Mountain towards our new multi-use pathway. This will increase our community’s connectedness and safety, along with supporting healthy living in the district,” said Mayor Peter Robb.

“Trans Mountain is committed to providing local and direct benefits to the communities the expansion project may impact during construction. We are proud to be involved in this multi-use pathway that will create an accessible and active transport asset for residents of Hope,” said Rob Van Walleghem, interim president of Trans Mountain Corporation.

The Community Benefit Agreements program is designed to support local initiatives for the benefit of the entire community.

The District of Hope is part of Trans Mountain’s Coquihalla-Hope construction spread that includes approximately 85 kilometres of pipeline construction between the Coquihalla Summit to Popkum.

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