KIMBERLEY ROTARY CLUB PLANS TO REPLACE AND UPGRADE THE MARYSVILLE FALLS WALKWAY
 
 
 
 
THE HISTORY OF MARYSVILLE FALLS WALKWAY:
 
In 1978 the Kimberley Rotary Club undertook the planning, design and construction of a  bridge across Mark Creek just below the highway bridge across Mark Creek in Marysville and a trail to a viewpoint at the Marysville Falls. The project took four years of fundraising, planning and construction. This was a major fundraising event and a hands-on project with the club doing most of the labour with the assistance of a dedicated group of young people. The federal government had established a program called Katimavik, for young people aged 17 to 21 years to help on various civic projects. In our case, these young workers placed many of the boardwalk planks and the guardrail. On November 11, 1982 the new bridge, pathway and viewing areas were officially opened. The walkway was dedicated to Al Fabro, the first of three Rotary District 5080 District Governors from Kimberley.  Since the walkway was completed the Kimberley Rotary Club has done many Spring clean ups on the trail/walkway and the City of Kimberley has maintained the boardwalk and replaced  the original bridge with the log one that is in place today.
 
 
For the past 38 years the Marysville Falls Walkway has been a heavily used resource for both locals and visitors to Kimberley.  Unfortunately, a wooden structure does not last forever and it is time to plan to replace it and upgrade it to a site that is accessible for those with mobility problems.
 
THE PLAN TO A NEW AND UPGRADED MARYSVILLE FALLS WALKWAY 
 
STEP ONE IN FUNDING A NEW MARYSVILLE FALLS WALKWAY:
 
With approval from the club to proceed with planning for the replacement and upgrading to a wheelchair friendly walkway, Rotary started to look for an engineering firm to review existing surveys, water flow data and any records and drawings, and to complete a site topographic survey, all of which could be incorporated into a base plan for a preliminary and detailed designs.  Next would be a detailed design to a level sufficient for developing a financial plan for tendering. 
 
All of these steps require funding so the process of submitting Grant Applications was undertaken.
 
 
GRANT WRITING IN THE PAST:
 
 
 
THEN, WE PROGRESSED TO GRANT WRITING WITH MORE MODERN EQUIPMENT:
 
 
 
 
 
NOW IT IS ONLINE GRANT WRITING.
 
BUT WITH 4 PEOPLE USING DIFFERENT COMPUTERS, DIFFERENT PROGRAMS AND DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SKILL IT BECAME:
 
 
Many hours later and thanks to Al Hunter leading the way Al, Doug, Jaret and Pat met the deadline and submitted a Rotary District Grant-Local Project Application to District 5080.
 
Now it is time to cross our fingers and hope to be successful in getting the funding to start this project moving ahead.