More users will be able to reach the heights of Tabor Mountain, thanks to a new universal access trail.
The wheelchair-accessible path will be built as part of a work experience and training program funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.
The Tabor Mountain Recreation Society received almost $70,000 for the project, with more than $46,000 coming from the province and the rest as cash and in-kind contributions from other sources.
"Tabor Mountain Recreation Society was created as a community organization, working on behalf of the people of Prince George and are to ensure recreation for everyone," said society president Steven Dubas. "Our community recognizes the importance of recreation to keep people healthy and safe and for all levels of mobility."
At least 10 previously unemployed participants will benefit from the the work experience, short course training and certification in trail construction. The finished project - near the Dougherty Creek campsite on Tabor Mountain - will boast a ramp longer than 450 metres, including three bridges, two culverts, two kiosk signs and six interpretive sign posts.
Among the society's partners in the project are the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Horse Council BC, Integris Credit Union, All Nations Elders Prince George, the Prince George Council of Seniors and Spinal Cord Injury BC.
"Building a wheelchair-accessible trail on Tabor Mountain not only makes the area more accessible, but also provides great work experience and training for the project participants," said Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond.
Construction has already begun on the trail, with completion not projected until November. A grand opening will be held in 2014.