Trail naming contest under fire

  • Feb. 17, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Esquimalt is contesting a contest that could give the E&N rail trail a new official name.

Council is requesting the Capital Regional District cancel the proposed naming contest for a new regional trail being built alongside sections of the E&N railway from Victoria to Langford.

Esquimalt Coun. Randall Garrison said he is appalled thousands of dollars could be spent on the initiative, especially in the absence of public consultation.

“I’d like to head off that waste of public money and time, and also the potential removal of the name ‘rail trail,’” he said.

CRD Parks staff have said there is $2,300 available in budget for the contest. The Galloping Goose trail was also named through a contest.

CRD Parks staff said they’d like to launch the contest in April then announce a winner in June, but the timeline is still being fleshed out.

The contest may even demonstrate the current name is the best one, Young said.

“I think that’s one of the purposes of the contest,” said Geoff Young, CRD board chair. “We have to make people aware that (the trail) is there.

“I kind of think the current one is not a bad one. It’ll have to be a pretty good one to convince me we should change it.”

Just Posted

Sunset Cinema brings free family film under the stars in Colwood

Sunset Cinema hosts events on the Island from July 23 to 27

Saanich farm hosts birthday party as wetland turns 10

The Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project invites community to 10th birthday for wetland

Last remaining Victoria Legion faces $100,000 property tax bill

The Trafalgar/ Pro Patria Branch can’t afford to operate with such high taxes

Federal government commits $9.1 million toward UVic Indigenous Law building

Contribution supports Canada’s first Canada’s first Indigenous Law program

International migration drives population rise in B.C.

No joke, provincial population topped 5 million by April 1

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques returns to Earth, sets Canadian space record

Native of Saint-Lambert, Que., set a record for longest single spaceflight by a Canadian at 204 days

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Stz’uminus dies from injuries

A male pedestrian was struck in the early morning of June 25

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from Vancouver furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Poll: Rising gas prices force B.C. residents rethink summer road trips

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

PHOTO: Moose cow and calf relax in Williams Lake flower garden

The homeowners got a surprise when they checked their most recent surveillance footage

Two in hospital after plane crashes in Okanagan Lake

RCMP say wheels left down caused landing plane to overturn on lake

Most Read