Hudson’s Hope will receive $4,399 in provincial LocalMotion funding to construct a gradual grade paved pathway linking the road to the public library, providing more accessibility for residents, MLA Richard Neufeld announced today.
"A new wheelchair ramp will help serve members of the Hudson’s Hope community who require extra assistance in accessing the town’s library facilities," said Neufeld, MLA for Peace River North. "This project is helping our government reach its goal of building the best system of support in Canada for persons with disabilities, special needs, and seniors."
The LocalMotion funding will go towards the construction of a gradual grade paved pathway from Dudley Drive to the Public Library to provide better access. The walkway will also provide a direct route to the entrance of the library and will move pedestrians from the driveway to a safer walking environment.
"The paved pathway to our Public Library in Hudson’s Hope is a great improvement for access and a big improvement in safety," said Mayor Lenore Harwood. "The ramp will keep pedestrians from having to navigate a steep driveway which can be extremely busy at times as it serves both the Library and the New Horizons Senior’s Centre. It will serve all members of our community from mothers pushing strollers, wheel chair residents and able bodied people of all ages."
The LocalMotion program is providing $40 million over four years to help communities improve physical fitness, reduce car dependency and greenhouse gas emissions, and meet the mobility needs of seniors and people with disabilities. First announced by Premier Gordon Campbell at the 2006 Union of BC Municipalities convention, LocalMotion, Towns for Tomorrow, Spirit Squares and the Green Cities Awards are the four Green Cities Programs that are helping to build greener, more vibrant and sustainable communities.
Under the cost-share program, the Province provides local governments with up to 50 per cent of the funding for approved LocalMotion projects. In 2007, 28 B.C. communities received $20 million for 34 LocalMotion projects.
For more information on LocalMotion and links to the other Green Cities Program projects, visit www.localmotion.gov.bc.ca.