The Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail official opening has been pushed back to the fall. — NEWS file photo

Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail slates official opening

Official opening pushed back to fall

Work continues on finishing the final touches on the Coombs to Parksville Rail Trail.

The contractor has been working on completing two pedestrian rail crossings, correcting deficiencies and performing final trail grooming.

Last month, the installation of pedestrian-controlled beacons, roadside work to control vehicle parking near the trail and zebra crossings were completed.

Amenities that include garbage cans, regulatory signage, kiosk signage, landscaping, and way-marking signage are being installed.

Parks, recreation and communications staff has been working on the opening event on May 27, but that date has now been postponed. The official opening will now take place some time in the fall.

Since the multi-use trail was opened to the public on December 23, the Regional District of Nanaimo has received favourable comments and reviews from users that include pedestrians, runners, cyclists and medi-scooters.

There were some citizens who expressed concern about horses on the trail and the impact they were having on the new course. The RDN board dealt with the issue by approving a two month ban on horses on the seven-kilometre trail.