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Town of Golden celebrates the opening of The River Walk and 20 years of the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge


Today, the Town of Golden celebrated the grand opening of The River Walk, the new riverfront space in downtown Golden. The River Walk, is the result of the three-year Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project to protect Golden from river flooding and to improve the riverfront space between the downtown core and the Kicking Horse River.

“Congratulations to the Town of Golden on this milestone and for using your ingenuity to address flooding while also creating a space for people to enjoy that will enhance the tourism experience along the Kicking Horse River,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. “We’re proud to provide funding for this project because we recognize the importance of supporting the local economy and strengthening tourism experiences into the future.”

“We know how important it is to support the infrastructure needs of small communities like Golden and The River Walk is a great example of an innovative community-led project,” said Josie Osborne, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “With its focus on protecting public safety through flood management it has also created a vibrant new community space that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors now and long into the future.”

In addition to protecting Golden from the risks of river flooding, the project has transformed the riverfront space, making it a place where residents, visitors and businesses will be able to enjoy a multi-use lane, gathering spaces, and dining and retail opportunities.

“This project has transformed our riverfront into an amazing new public space where residents will come to work, play and connect, visitors can enjoy all that Golden has to offer, and presents our local businesses with new opportunities,” said Mayor of Golden, Ron Oszust. “But more importantly, this has been our number one public safety project for Golden and has increased our level of flood protection for the future.”

The Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project was funded through the Canada Community-Building Fund as administered by the Union of BC Municipalities and represents the largest infrastructure grant the Town of Golden has ever received at $5.87 million. Over 65 per cent of this amount was allocated for this specific area to construct a flood protection wall, with the rest of the funds used to heighten dikes elsewhere in the community. The beautification component, valued at approximately $1.2 million, was funded through the Province of B.C.’s Resort Municipality Initiative.

 “I want to extend my congratulations to the Town of Golden on the completion of this critical project to reduce the risk of flooding along the Kicking Horse River,” said Councillor Laurey-Anne Van Roodenburg, president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. “This project shows how the Canada Community-Building Fund is helping to transform communities in B.C. by upgrading critical infrastructure.”

As part of the event, the Town also celebrated 20 years of the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada. Residents past and present, and those that worked on the bridge, were invited to join in the celebration by sharing stories and images with the community.

For more information and background on the project, visit golden.ca/dikeproject.