The bridge that went somewhere

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is set to celebrate 10 years

Although it may be hard for some people to believe the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge is coming up on its 10th anniversary and plans are just getting underway to have a celebration of its completion.

During a Committee of the whole meeting at the Golden council chambers plans were announced that a group is starting to prepare to have a party in October that would commemorate the completion of the bridge.

Cathy Williams gave a presentation to council and staff about the bridge during which she provided a background to the bridge, history, and dialogue for a proposal for celebration activity, participants, theme, and funding.

The Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge at 8th Ave North, spans the river of the same name at 46 meters (151 feet) across. It is the longest free standing timber frame bridge in Canada and originally was planned as a community event in 2001 when over 100 members of the Timber Framers Guild came from the US, Europe and all over Canada to help raise the bridge.

As part of the celebration Williams said she is attempting to invite some of the people who came to work on the bridge to be a part of the ten year celebration.

“It would be great to see the timber framers back to see how the dream lives on,” Williams said.

Right now things are in the starting phases of planning and the group is looking for volunteers and  will be contacting businesses who would like to be a part of the event in the near future.