The Ribbons of Green Trails Society originated in 1992 when local municipalities, together with the Regional District, created a committee to develop a plan for a system of linear parks, pathways and bikeways in Greater Vernon.
A "Ribbons of Green" plan was created and adopted into the Official Community Plan of the City of Vernon.
The committee was in operation for a few years, but subsequently dismantled.
In 2000, through the efforts of a number of interested citizens, the Ribbons of Green concept was resurrected. A Committee was formed, and went to work to promote the continuation of the paths.
The Committee formed a legal society in November 2000, allowing for the ability to raise funds and issue tax receipts. It also opened the door to more grant and foundation funding.
In August 2001, the Committee amalgamated with the 'Healthy Urban Transit Society' (HUTS). This newly amalgamated organization became 'The Ribbons of Green Trails Society'.
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society currently consists of 10 directors who meet once a month to advance trail development and ensure maintenance.
City of Vernon staff and Council Members, District of Coldstream staff, and Regional District of North Okanagan Parks staff are also in attendance at the monthly meetings.