Centennial Park will continue to see upgrades to its trails and fitness circuit, as the project begins phase two of construction this summer.
According to Kent’s direct of community services and projects, Jennifer Thornton, phase one saw three pieces of outdoor fitness equipment added to the park, as well as a gravel walkway added to the Mountain-view Trail.
Phase one cost a total of $30,000, funded by the district and a $6,000 grant from UBCM. The district applied for a grant from the Rural Dividend fund, and was unsuccessful, but was able to continue with its plans for the park thanks to a $20,000 New Horizons for Seniors grant.
The grant money will help purchase seven pieces of outdoor fitness equipment, that will match the three currently installed by the dog park. To help cover the cost of the equipment, the district will also contribute $25,000.
In addition, the district will also fund a new gravel trail that will loop around Centennial Park, with some fitness equipment along the path. Public benches, trash cans and trail signage will also be added.
In total, phase two of the Centennial Park upgrades will cost around $90,000, compared to the $30,000 for phase one.
Thornton said construction on the project would likely begin this summer, as “staff would like to use the summer months to develop this trail as the grounds on Centennial Park will be harder and easier for us to use heavier equipment.”
The project will be constructed by the in-house public works team.