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Rotary sponsors bike path application

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

At Tuesday's meeting the Rotary Club voted to sponsor the grant application of the bike path committee to the Provincial Neighbourhoods Alive program.

"We're in the application process. We had a grant deadline that we had to meet so we did put the application in on behalf of both the Rotary Club and Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC) with the realization that we needed it in one entities name," said bike path committee co-chair Brad Poole. "We got the approval today from the club to sponsor the application in the name of the Rotary Club."

The bike path committee worked with partners including the Portage Rotary Club, PCRC, the City and others to come up with a budget for the project, looked at the sponsorship they had already received, and are expecting the grant application to hopefully cover the rest.

"The application goes to Neighbourhoods Alive under the Neighbourhood Renewal fund. Once their decision is made on funding then we can find out exactly how many kilometers of path we can put on the ground," said Poole.

The first phase of the project will include painting on already existing asphalt and construction of about 2.4 kilometers of new path. There are also existing paths in the northeast section of the city that the project hopes to reclaim and refurbish.

It will be a couple of months before the bike path committee will hear back. The goal is to begin work in the fall.

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