Highlands councillor Ken Williams

Refurbished trail keeps West Shore walking all year

Refurbished walking trail at West Shore Parks and Recreation officially completed today

It may have been raining cats and dogs, but the newly refurbished walking trail at West Shore Parks and Recreation was still good to go as it was officially completed today.

Improvements to the trail, including a resurfacing and grading improvements, mean it is easy to use in all weather conditions and more easily accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and other user needs. Along with the upgrades to the facility’s 2.5 kilometre trail, the project also included adding lights to more soccer fields, allowing nighttime play. WSPR marked the official completion of its field and track accessibility enhancement project with a plaque unveiling, highlighting the District of Highlands role in the process.

Two-thirds of the money for the project came from a grant earned by the District of Highlands. A total of $201,000 came from the grant, while a further $100,000 came from the regular WSPR budget.

“We were able to use (the grant) for everybody who participates in the West Shore,” said Coun. Ken Williams. “People from all over these municipalities, Colwood, Langford, Highlands, all use this facility so it’s a way of making it come together and doing the greater good. … “It’s obviously a win-win for us, it’s a win-win for the region. It was an easy decision.”

“Instead of putting, say, a playing field in Highlands, they donated or gave the money to West Shore (Parks and Recreation) to be able to do this for all the municipalities,” said administrator Linda Barnes. “We’re always looking for grant opportunities, and we often go through the municipalities.”