Regional Director’s Report May 2013

Huxley Park SignAfter the last time we spoke things were unusually slow for a few weeks. But that all changed when the skateboard ramps at Huxley Park were to be removed because of safety issues. The users of the skateboard area were very unhappy with this removal and asked for a temporary solution until the Huxley Park management plan is done. With the help of a donation of ramps from the Hope Centre we have be able to solve that one, and hope to have the ramps installed soon.

During Art Week the Nanaimo Parks, Recreation, and Culture Commission had a clock from the Odd Fellows Society installed just across from the Port Theater, and organised three other art installations in Maffeo Sutton Park.

The first Maffeo Sutton Park installation was a spindle whorl by First Nations artist Joel Good. This is my favorite. It stands six feet tall and about three feet across. Spindle whorls were used by the Coast Salish to spin dog hair into yarn for blankets and clothing but they were much smaller than this art piece.

The second installation is a very large crab by Dan Richie. About three metres across, this is a very fun piece as you can climb and sit on it.

The third one was by Samuel Houston called Borrowed Light. It’s a sweeping arc of colour and steel that is about 4.5 metres tall.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) also sponsored a Bear Smart information meeting which was very informative. I certainly learned a lot there.

There was also an Island Studies: West Coast Canada & beyond conference at the Haven on May 10-11. The range of topics varied widely from Island Energy and Environment, to island natural and social history, island governance, marine Conservation and more. Gabriola writers, artist, and musicians were also include in several events

Mudge Islanders did well out of the May 14 RDN board meeting, with $100,000 dollars to be split between Area H and Area B for recycling drop-off centres. The details still need to be worked out, but the funds came from the Regionally Significant Projects program (a gas tax revenue transfer program).

These two programs will contribute to the success of the Zero Waste program and help to reduce emission in both electoral areas.

Proposed use of the Community Works Funds was approved as well, with $30, 000 allocated for Gabriola’s community bus pilot project, and $65,000 for the Tin Can Alley Trail.

The trail travels from Tin Can Alley along North Road to the junction of North and South roads. The trail funding is for the development of a detailed design plan, surveys, and environmental studies, as well as for consultations with landowners, community members, and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

I will let you know what happens with all those projects.

Still having fun

Howard

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