Community Comment: Bridge gets a name, Silver City Days plans continue

"The City of Trail is very pleased the Pipeline/Pedestrian Bridge has been given an official name."

The City of Trail is very pleased the Pipeline/Pedestrian Bridge has been given an official name. Columbia River Skywalk, submitted by Glenn Schneider of Trail, was chosen through a process which included Council, our regional partners and community area residents. Congratulations to Glenn and thanks to all the people who submitted their name ideas. We believe Columbia River Skywalk is well suited to the iconic new structure and its function.

Construction of the Columbia River Skywalk remains on schedule and on budget with an expected completion of mid-December 2016. The tower foundations and extensive cable anchor points are nearing completion with the two 100-foot steel towers expected to arrive in April. Construction of the towers will involve the use of two large cranes to raise and position the towers onto the concrete foundation columns. Once installed, the balance of the bridge construction will mostly take place from a cable and bucket system (hi-line) which will span the Columbia River for the summer. You can watch the excitement and progress on the City’s Columbia River Skywalk Construction Cam available through

In addition, two other City projects are well underway. Power Tech Electric is very busy installing the LEDs on the Victoria Street Bridge which will be unveiled during Silver City Days; and, with the help of the architectural firm Stantec, design of the Riverfront Centre (integrated library and museum) is progressing well.

As the digital reader board on the Trail Memorial Centre indicates, there are just 33 days until Silver City Days. Final details for the Spokane Street Food Fair, the Silver City Days Market and the Saturday Sidewalk Café are coming together. New events seem to pop up every day including a Toonie Seniors’ Dance featuring live music on May 4th and a Mountain Bike Clinic for kids at Gyro Park on May 8. For a full schedule of events, see or join Trail Silver City Days on Facebook.

We wish the six Trail Ambassador candidates the best of luck as they prepare for the Miss Trail Pageant, to be held May 6 at the Charles Bailey Theatre. Our candidates and sponsors include: Miss Trail Firefighters Local 941, Keandra Billingsley; Miss Kiwanis, Trynity Turnbull; Miss Knights of Pythias, Caia Gagnon; Miss Royal Canadian Legion Branch 11, Naomi Savage; Miss Shoppers Drug Mart, Nicole Johnson; and, Miss Colombo Lodge, Hannah Flick. The Trail Ambassador Committee is pleased to announce that Ashley Giles, the City of Trail’s Princess in 2011, will be representing Trail in the 2016 BC Ambassador Pageant in August. Thank you to all our sponsors and volunteer organizers as your steadfast contributions make our local Ambassador Programme the envy of the province.

Nine inductees will be recognized at the Home of Champions Induction Ceremony and 20th Anniversary Celebration occurring May 5. The inductees include: 2013/14 Beaver Valley Nitehawks; Joseph Cecchini; Don Freschi; Fred Heslop; Ryan Huska; Kimberly Joines; Graham Kenyon; Aaron Santesso; and, Joe Zanussi. Congratulations to our most recently appointed Champions.

The City is excited to join our trusted partner Pacific Coastal Airlines in recognizing and celebrating ten years of air service into the Trail Regional Airport on April 6th. In recognition of this milestone, representatives from Pacific Coastal Airlines and Trail City Council will be set up in the Ferraro Foods parking lot on Wednesday, April 6 from 1-3pm. Join us there to help celebrate this momentous occasion.

Council continues its deliberations of the 2016 operating and capital budgets and the apportionment of taxes between the residential, commercial and industrial rate classes. The application of traditional rate structures to a significantly changed property assessment would result in a large proportion of properties within Trail actually paying less tax than last year, in spite of an overall taxation increase.

In the absence of some adjustment, the burden of the overall increase would be placed on the remaining residential areas. As we all enjoy the many facilities and improvements to our City, Council continues to explore alternatives to establish a more equitable level of taxation across all rate classes. Details will be available within the next few weeks.

For more information on what’s happening in the City of Trail, please visit the Trail Parks & Recreation Spring/Summer Guide, our Facebook page, our website at or call us at City Hall at 250-364-1262. The City of Trail’s eight-page spring newsletter, which will include a full Silver City Days schedule, will be delivered to your homes and businesses soon.

Submitted by Mayor Mike Martin and Trail City Council

Community Comment is an opportunity for elected officials from our local municipalities to update citizens in the region on the events, plans and progress in their respective communities. Every Friday, the Trail Times will present, on a rotating basis, a submission from councils, school trustees or regional district directors.

Just Posted

Mounties warn about open liquor at Rossland Carnival

They’ll be out there watching for illegal drinking

The Trail Smoke Eaters win in a shootout over Wenatchee Wild

The Trail Smoke Eaters split its two-game series against the Wenatchee Wild on weekend

River rising in Trail

For up-to-date reservoir elevation and river flow information, visit BC Hydro’s website

Former ski champ and MLA’s son hope to open Castlegar cannabis store next month

Felix Belczyk and Ben Conroy are in the approval process for local Spiritleaf outlet

Victorian-era magnate, con artist had Rossland connections

New book explores fascinating history of Whitaker Wright

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

New military armoury opens in Cranbrook

Military presence in the Key City a part of the 44th Engineer Squadron

Most Read