The trail located between Coventry Place and Bonnington Drive is narrow and follow a difficult terrain. — RDN photo

Nanoose Bay residents seek walking trail

Playground, tennis court also pitched to RDN committee

Coventry Place residents want a walking trail developed in their area.

Ian MacDonald, who appeared as a delegation at the Electoral Area E Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee, Feb. 7, made this request on behalf of the residents.

To accommodate area residents, a walking access is required between Coventry Place and Bonnington Drive, he said.

A path across private land has been the only option. MacDonald informed the committee it sees quite a bit of use.

However, the owners of the property want to discontinue allowing people to use the path for fear of the risks and liabilites as well as they have plans to develop the land.

MacDonald pointed out that an undeveloped RDN Community Park exists that can provide the needed footpath.

The trail, MacDonald pointed out, is narrow, just over three metres wide, and follows some difficult terrain on the upper portion located in Bonnington Drive.

It is also partially obstructed by trees on the lower Coventry section.

Trail construction may require steps in two locations to deal with steep sections as well as other grade work and surfacing.

The Electoral Areas Service Committe moved and seconded that staff provide a preliminary ‘high level’ report on the costs and process involved with tree removal and stair construction in the parkland corridor between Bonnington Drive and Coventry Place.

Design for natural playground being planned

The tasks for the creation of a natural playground at Stone Lake Drive Community Park in Electoral Area E have been laid out for this year.

They will include planning and design of the playground, organizing engagement with the public and the preparation of a summary of comments.

The Electoral Area Service Committee approved staff recommendation that a community focus group be established to facilitate the design of the playground at Stone Lake Drive Community Park.

A report will be presented to the Regional District of Nanaimo board for direction to retain a firm and allocate funds for the playground development in 2019.

The initial work this year will be funded by the Community Works Fund.

The cost will include $1,500 for a site survey. The preliminary design and public engagement will be done by staff.

Jack Bagley Park being considered for tennis court

Nanoose Bay residents have approached the Regional District of Nanaimo requesting that it take the necessary steps to plan for and construct a set of outdoor courts for their use and enjoyment.

The Nanoose Bay Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee has been informed by staff that the Jack Bagley Community Park could be a possible site for a tennis/pickle ball hard-surface court as the rhododendron garden at the park is going to be removed.

The Electoral Areas Services Committee approved the motion that a preliminary investigation be conducted of Jack Bagley Community Park for the potential siting of a tennis/pickle ball hard-surface court.

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