At Policies and Priorities this week, Whitecourt Town Council reviewed a proposed project for Rotary Park.
The Town is hoping to make an accessible pathway connection at Rotary Park to make it easier for people with disabilities or pushing strollers to get around the park. The pathway would also have spaces and electrical outlets for food trucks and festival tents and displays to hook up with easy access. Charging stations for mobility devices will also be installed and the pathway will have lighting installed for safety.
The project, called Festival Way, is part of the Town’s Sportsfield Master Plan.
Mayor Maryann Chichak explains the scope of the project and funding.
Currently, the total cost is estimated at $618,163
The Rotary Club has allotted $131,715 for the project, and Whitecourt has been approved for a $100,000 federal grant from the Enabling Accessibility Fund – Community Accessibility Stream. As the project’s budget stands now, the Town would then contribute $384,448 for the pathway.
The Town has one year to utilize the grant money, so Chichak says building the pathway could commence later this year for completion in 2020. Council will discuss how to potentially find more cost-saving measures for the project and bring it back to the table for further decisions once a Request for Proposals is released in the coming weeks.