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Bright Angel Park planning will be aired at an open house Thursday

A trio of boys enjoys a dip in the Koksilah River at Bright Angel Park. Planned upgrades to the park will be unveiled during an open house the Hub in Cowichan Station Thursday. - Peter W. Rusland/file
A trio of boys enjoys a dip in the Koksilah River at Bright Angel Park. Planned upgrades to the park will be unveiled during an open house the Hub in Cowichan Station Thursday.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Upgrades are coming to Bright Angel Park.

And the public will have a chance to hear about those plans during an open house Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hub at Cowichan Station, 2375 Koksilah Rd.

"It hasn't changed since 1967,'' Cowichan Valley Regional District Parks & Trails Planner Graham Gidden said of the relic park.

A $560,000 grant application for park upgrades — including $100,000 in matching funds — was approved and the rejuvenation of specific facilities must be completed by the end of March 2015.

"We're calling the grant a recreation rejuvenation project,'' said Gidden.

"We're not actually creating anything new. We're just upgrading the washrooms, playground, fitness station, a playing field and a regrade-resurface for creating accessible trails.''

Building a proper well and septic system for the washrooms will be an important feature. Wheelchair and general accessibility to the water and park trails is also a priority.

At the open house, there will be an opportunity for the public to speak about the locations of the facilities that aren't exactly etched in stone.

"We're not set on where we're going to put these,'' said Gidden. "We're also trying to centralize a lot of the amenities.

"Everything we're proposing is on pre-developed land. We're not actually going to be cutting down any trees or anything like that.''

A preliminary open house was held at the park Saturday.

"We just felt we'd try something new and do an open house in the park on Saturday and catch people that were there,'' said Gidden. "It was a pretty decent turnout.''

Thursday's open house will take future planning into account.

"We're also going to initiate a management plan to look beyond this project,'' said Gidden.

"We're asking the public to give input: 'What do they see in the next 10 to 15 years? What issues are going to come up?'''

 

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