Local VIU students are planning to make the Salloompt Forest Trails disability-friendly through a school project

Local VIU students aim to make Salloompt Trail system disability friendly

A group of five Vancouver Island University students are undertaking an ambitious project to make the Salloompt Forest Trail accessible

A group of five Vancouver Island University students are undertaking an ambitious project to make the Salloompt Forest Trail accessible to one and all.

Through their course work in the School and Community Support Worker Program offered by VIU, group members Bob Rose, Lorri Tuck, Heather Elliott, Shannon Cherry and Tanya Moren are completing their community-based practicum here in the Valley. The goal of this practicum is to work with community members and organizations to re-establish the Sallompt Forest Trail into a disability-friendly trail for community members and tourists to enjoy.

The group has made several site visits to the trail and has determined that there are a number of steps to realizing this goal. Some sections of the trail were wiped out by the 2010 flood and need to be totally rebuilt. Two sites were identified as possibilities for disability-friendly picnic tables or benches, and a wheelchair friendly outhouse would also have to be constructed.

The group also identified the need for new and increased signage, the possible removal of some danger trees, the building of a ramp and moving and/or altering several picnic tables.

In order to raise funds to complete the work, the group plans on hosting a Loonie/Toonie Auction  on Saturday, May 7. During this event there will also be bingo, poker and a concession, all of which will raise money for this project. They will also be partnering with like-minded community organizations, such as the Trail Committee, for support of the project.

Community groups or individuals who would like to support the project through donations, in-kind support, or donating their time can contact Lorri Tuck at SAMS or Heather Elliott at BCE.

 

 

Just Posted

Nathan Cullen named Parliamentarian of the Year

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP won the top-title Nov. 5

VIDEO: Taking to the skies to protect moose in the Cariboo Chilcotin

Conservation Officer Service doubles patrols to oversee moose harvest

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Central Coast Regional District swears in new Board of Directors

There are three new faces representing our region and two returning directors

VIDEO: Black horse signals ‘sign of peace’ for Tsilhqot’in Nation

Justin Trudeau rides black horse provided by Cooper family

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

Quesnel fed up with detour, urges Ottawa to speed up road repair

West Fraser Road has been on detour since spring 2018, with no plans to repair washout until 2020

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Don’t sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump

The trade agreement, forged after 13 months of tense negotiations between Canada and the U.S. is scheduled for Nov. 30

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters that ‘the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity.’

Most Read