West Shore Parks & Recreation Field & Trail Accessibility Project


Bobbi Neal

August 27, 2013, (ISN) – West Shore Parks & Recreation is excited to announce the completion of the Field and Trail Accessibility Enhancement Project.

On Thursday, August 29, 2013 West Shore Parks & Recreation is hosting a plaque unveiling to acknowledge the funders and partners who made the project possible.

In 2011 the District of Highlands supported the West Shore Parks & Recreation Field and Trail Accessibility Enhancement Project application which focussed on providing more accessible and usable fields and trails for community members and user groups.

$201,370 was awarded to the project by the Community Recreation Program implemented by the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The purpose of the Community Recreation Program funding was to assist British Columbians in becoming more physically active. The Community Recreation Program was developed to address the unique challenges faced by communities in British Columbia with respect to sustainability and meeting their recreational infrastructure needs. The program’s aim was to invest in those capital projects that make communities healthier, more active places in which to live.

West Shore Parks & Recreation embraced this opportunity and concentrated their efforts in two areas:

Lighting the Lower Fields

The Lower Fields are heavily used year round and during the winter months daylight is short. The installation of lights on fields 1 and 3 provided the finishing touches that allow WSPR to illuminate all three fields during the evening hours. This provided outdoor recreation space that accommodates the community during the prime time hours when it is most needed.

West Shore Parks & Recreation has three 210’x 300′ grass fields located in the lower park of the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre.

Physical works included the installation of:

 Four 60 foot light towers and pedestals

 28 – 1500 W sport flood lights (attached to new towers and existing towers)

 Four cross arms, wiring harnesses and ballast enclosures

 Conduit for wiring, and junction boxes that feed electricity to the towers

Resurfacing the Chip Trail

Resurfacing the hogfuel chip trail with 20 mm crushed road base made the surface more accessible to members of the community of all ages and abilities. A significant increase in the use of the trail has been


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reported; users of all ages and abilities are using the trail. The most noticeable increase has been in the number of seniors and young families with strollers accessing the trail for their recreation and fitness needs.

Physical works included the installation of:

 1120 cubic metres of crushed road base for surfacing

 Construction of a retaining wall of boulders with additional pathway

 An extension of the trail to complete the upper portion of the loop

 The linkage of the pathway to existing municipal sidewalk systems