Are you interested in helping to plan the future for local parks, open spaces and trails in your community?
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is seeking volunteers to serve on Electoral Area G – Saltair Gulf/Islands Community Parks Advisory Commissions. The Community Parks Advisory Commissions provide advice on issues pertaining to park and trail development, park amenities, park volunteer engagement, parkland acquisition opportunities, annual park budgets, and community park events specific to the electoral area or sub regional parks function each advisory commission represents.
If you are willing to volunteer a few hours each month as generally asked of Community Parks Advisory Commission members involved with each Commission, Please submit an “Expression of Interest” available online at http://www.cvrd.bc.ca or at the CVRD main reception at 175 Ingram Street, Duncan. Completed Community Parks Advisory Commission Expressions of Interest must be submitted to the CVRD in hardcopy or by email: parks [at] cvrd [dot] bc [dot] ca by noon on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019.
For further information, please contact Brian Farquhar, Manager, Parks & Trails Division, 250-746-2620 or 1-800-665-3955
CVRD has posted an “Invitation To Tender” to prospective bidders to submit bids for Saltair’s Rail With Trail Connector – Phase 1.
This Invitation to Tender is for construction services to complete sections of the Cowichan Valley Trail along the E&N rail corridor between Cook Street and Old Victoria Road (approximately 2.5 km) in Chemainus, North Cowichan, BC.
Did you know there is a fairly new Beach Access in Saltair? This beach access was a requirement in the development of Saltair Seaside Estates. CVRD manages and maintains the beach access pathway. The lower section of the path is very steep, use caution when descending. Access can be gained from Chemainus Rd. Turn on to Greenhill Drive and follow Greenhill to the end of Solmie Rd. Please do not park in front of bollards. Emergency vehicle access only.
Over the summer you may have noticed volunteers counting bicycles/pedestrians and vehicle traffic along Chemainus Road.
The data was required by the CVRD to be included in grant applications for funding to complete Saltair’s section of the Cowichan Valley trail.
Currently, CVRD Board of Directors approval was given to submit an application to the BC Rural Dividend Program for a $500,000 grant to complete the Saltair section of the Cowichan Valley Trail. The total project cost of $1.21 million will be supplemented with an allocation of $225,000 from the CVRD Community Works Fund and allocations from the Regional Parks function over a three year period. Keep checking here for further updates.
Many Saltair residents are very concerned about bicycle and pedestrian safety along Chemainus Road in Saltair. A group consisting of Tim Godau, Jason Wilson, Debbie Neil, Jackie Rieck, Lynne Smith and Jane Walton believe that completing the Trans Canada Trail through Saltair would significantly help solve this problem. They sent a series of 13 questions to the CVRD about plans for finishing the trail and also represented themselves as a delegation to the CVRD Regional Services Committee this past March 23 to present their case.
Jason Wilson was the spokesman for the group doing a terrific PowerPoint presentation illustrating the current problems of Chemainus Road and the safety concerns that they had. The main focus was that Saltair should be the next link completed on the trail to alleviate these problems and because it serves the 16,000 residents of Chemainus, Saltair and Ladysmith. Through discussion here are some of the facts that came out.
The main obstacle to completing the trail is money. It will take $1.55 million to complete the Saltair section. The big cost is doing the two bridge structures over Stocking Creek. The engineering work has been done for this section and it is shovel ready when the money is ready.
This a regional project so regional money will be used along with grant money from different authorities like ICET, Western Diversification, Trans Canada Trails Foundation, Bike BC, Green Municipal Fund, New Canada Building Fund, Regional Parks Budget Gas Tax and others.
The Island Corridor Foundation controls the land beside the train track where the trail will be built. The Island Corridor is owned by all the municipalities and regional districts from Victoria to Campbell River. This 6.3 km Saltair section of the trail will be built on the west side of the track continuing from Chemainus to Stocking Creek Park.
The CVRD heard the concerns of our committee and were very supportive of our efforts. They want the trail completed also. There is some hope that the work can start in 2017 or 2018.
Mel Dorey, Area G Director, CVRD, Saltair and the Islands
If you are reading this, then you have signed on to the Sunny Saltair website. The spirit of Saltair, volunteers and imagination are at work.
I have been asked to provide an update from the parks commission on the wonderful facilities we have in our back yards here in Area G. It is important to note that Saltair is neither Ladysmith nor Chemainus but a bedroom community to both. I like to think of our little community as the Stanley Park of the future metropolis that has become inevitable on the east coast of Vancouver Island. It is a small and scenic very important area that we have been entrusted with. Our Mediterranean climate enables people to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty all year long and park management is ever diligent providing safe trail systems for all to explore. We are rural yet urban, a place for all ages.
The three main parks in our area are: the Stocking Creek Park, Centennial Park and the Diana Princess of Wales Wilderness Park. This year saw improvements to all these parks.
The Stocking Creek Park had the student program add a new stair case to the Huckleberry trail.
The Centennial Park has had upgrades to the washrooms now providing year round availability.
Many years of work came to fruition this year at the Diana-Wilderness Park with the addition of commemorate, informative signage and benches.
I am happy that this forum has been provided, to help sustain the Spirit of Saltair, and to stream information that can be posted.
The Parks commission will endeavor to protect and manage for future generations our green spaces.