CRD Regional Parks to Sponsor E & N Rail Trail Public Open Houses

Apr 16, 2008

Victoria, BC— Regional Parks is sponsoring a second series of open houses on the development of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E & N) Rail Trail. Stantec Engineering Consultants and Regional Parks staff will be present to provide information and respond to questions on the preliminary design for the trail project.

The following open houses are taking place:

Victoria
April 21, 2008, 7-9pm
1 Centennial Square,
Council Ante Chambers

View Royal
April 22, 2008, 7-9pm
45 View Royal Ave,
Council Chambers

Esquimalt
April 23, 2008, 7-9pm
1229 Esquimalt Rd,
Council Chambers

Langford
April 24, 3008, 7-9pm
2nd Floor, 877 Goldstream Ave,
Council Chambers

The $11.3 million E & N Rail Trail, funded mainly through the transfer of federal gas tax revenues to the province, is a planned multi-purpose pathway that will be built within the E & N rail corridor from the Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria to Humpback Road in Langford. The corridor will intersect with the Galloping Goose Regional Trail at Burnside Road West and will provide an important commuter link between the western communities and downtown Victoria.

Public input will form an integral part of the trail corridor planning process. Residents will be able to see and comment on the preliminary designs for the trail. The trail will feature a number of overpasses and appropriate level crossings. Users will encounter a wide range of terrain and ecosystems as they travel through rural, urban and suburban environments.

CRD Regional Parks will build the trail, in partnership with the municipal governments of Victoria, Esquimalt, View Royal, Langford and Colwood. The CRD is also committed to working with local First Nations. The goal is to have the trail in place by 2010.

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For more information on the planning sessions, please contact:

Don Watmough
CRD Regional Park Planner
250.478.3344