Kimberley Hall (Image from Grey Highlands Council Report) Grey Highlands council has approved the installation of enhanced cycling infrastructure at Kimberley Hall.
During a council meeting on Aug. 3, a report was brought forward by Director of Economic & Community Development Michele Harris, recommending council move ahead with the proposal by the Kimberley Safety Group.
Council also approved having the group direct a $23,000 grant they received by the Capstone Community Enhancement Fund to the municipality to support the project. Any costs beyond the grant would be covered by the group’s fundraising efforts.
The report says this follows when a volunteer group of community members requested support for a community-led initiative, A Vision of Kimberley: Toward a Safe, Healthy and Prosperous Future, in 2021.
Council supported an application to the Canada Health Communities Initiative program for possible project funding. The application failed to receive funding, but the group sent in another application to the Capstone Infrastructure Community Enhancement fund in 2022 and was able to receive $23,000.
The report says the community of Kimberley is bisected by Grey Road 13, and during the spring, summer and autumn, over 6,000 cyclists and hundreds of hikers come through the village. Currently, there is no infrastructure to support the influx of visitors to the community.
In response, the group is proposing various improvements. These would include constructing and installing a bicycle rack, installing a bicycle repair kit, purchasing and installing a water bottle filling station, and creating a multi-use accessible outdoor space for cyclists and hikers to rest, […]