From left: Andrew Pringle (DIRA executive member), Area A director Daniel Arbour and Laura Pope (DIRA Parks Committee chair) officially open the Kirk Road stairs on Denman Island. Photo supplied

From left: Andrew Pringle (DIRA executive member), Area A director Daniel Arbour and Laura Pope (DIRA Parks Committee chair) officially open the Kirk Road stairs on Denman Island. Photo supplied

New stairway provides critical link to Denman Island Cross Trail

On April 29, the Comox Valley Regional District celebrated the official opening of the Kirk Road stairs that provide a critical link to the almost six-kilometre Denman Island Cross Trail. The new stairs and trail connect the Denman West ferry terminal with the commercial downtown core of Denman Island.

“The new stairs provide a safer pedestrian passage for the community from the Denman West ferry terminal to downtown Denman Island,” said Area A director Daniel Arbour. “We are thrilled to have worked so closely with neighbours and the local Denman Island Residents Association (DIRA) to make this project happen. Now the community has almost six kilometres of trail to connect the community.”

Funding for this initiative was supported by the CVRD Community Works Funds, provided by way of a transfer of federal Gas Tax funds to local governments to provide a source of stable, predictable, and long-term funding towards environmentally sustainable infrastructure. The district receives an allocation of funds based on the total population residing in electoral areas. The project was completed by a Denman Island contractor.

“The Cross Island Trail is part of Denman Island’s extensive network of public recreational spaces maintained mainly by volunteers on DIRA’s Parks and Trails Committees and the Denman Conservancy Association,” DIRA chair Ron Sheppard said. “These new stairs at the west end of the Cross Island Trail will be maintained, along with the rest of the trail, by the DIRA Trails Committee and a local Denman Island contractor. We’re all grateful to the CVRD for the beautiful stairs, and are looking forward to working with them to complete the rest of the trail linking the Denman Island West and East ferry terminals.”

FMI: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/denmancrosstrail