CHILLIWACK – New Democrat MLAs Kelli Paddon and Dan Coulter say people in the Chilliwack area will benefit from new improvements that will make it easier and more enjoyable to explore the outdoors at Cultus Lake.
“Cultus Lake is one of the best spots this area has to offer for local families and visitors alike,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “It’s great to see these investments across the province to make our beloved B.C. parks even more enjoyable, including improving access to the Teapot Hill Trail.”
The planning to develop the Watt Creek parking lot to improve access to the Teapot Hill Trail at Cultus Lake is currently underway. Following the busiest season ever for BC Parks, the BC New Democrat government is investing $21.5 million over the next three years to expand and enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation, including new campsites, trails and upgrades to facilities at several parks. The Province is consulting with First Nations governments and conducting environmental and archaeological assessments prior to moving forward with the projects.
“Over the past few years, being able to get outside and enjoy parks and recreation sites has been essential for many British Columbian’s mental and physical health,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “That’s why it is now more important than ever to invest in projects like these that improve access and make B.C. parks as accessible and welcoming as possible.”
The investment is part of an $83 million budget increase to BC Parks which will strengthen management of the park system and provide a more enjoyable experience for people. In addition to this proposed project at Cutlus Lake, new funding is also being invested in all regions of the province to acquire new land, add more campsites and improve high-use trails.
During the last four years, more than 1,500 campsites have been added to provincial parks and recreation sites in high demand areas. 500 of those sites have been in the Lower Mainland area including Cultus Lake, Golden Ears, Chilliwack Lake, Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi. New campsite developments incorporate accessible design standards, wherever possible, so people living with disabilities can enjoy outdoor activities with no barriers.