Bright Angel Park receiving a makeover

Users of Bright Angel Park should expect some disruption in the coming months as crews work on a rejuvenation project. - Peter W. Rusland/file
Users of Bright Angel Park should expect some disruption in the coming months as crews work on a rejuvenation project.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

A recreation rejuvenation project is underway at Bright Angel Park in Cowichan Station.

The park's outdoor recreation amenities, originally constructed by the Bright Angel Park Society, are being overhauled after several decades of commendable service to park visitors. The Cowichan Valley Regional District took over the management of the society in 2001.

A total of $400,000 has been earmarked for the park project through grants from the Province of B.C.'s Recreation Rejuvenation Fund plus an additional $60,000 from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

Planned improvements, according to a press release issued by CVRD Parks and Trail division manager Brian Farquhar, are replacement of pit toilets with a public washroom, a new playground and nature play area and outdoor classroom, improved trail network accessibility, playfield upgrades, new outdoor fitness equipment stations, natural area protection and restoration and improvements to park access.

"The planned improvements for Bright Angel Park are timely to address the outdated existing park amenities which have served the public well over the years,'' stated Margaret Symon, the chair of the South Cowichan Parks Commission, in a release.

The original Bright Angel Park Society is to be commended, she added, for its vision in creating a park many years ago on the Koksilah River.

Visitors to the park in the coming months will discover the construction activity may result in closures of certain areas for public safety. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption.

Completion target for the improvements is March 2015.

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