An aerial view shows the stretch of trail that will be rerouted. Image, Village of Cumberland

An aerial view shows the stretch of trail that will be rerouted. Image, Village of Cumberland

Stretch of trail in Cumberland is being rerouted

As well, popular zipline in Village Park is closed for safety reasons

In light of seasonal wet weather this fall, a portion of a trail in Cumberland is being re-routed.

The Village of Cumberland announced Oct. 16 the move is happening to avoid a “seasonally wet zone” and subsequent need for boardwalk upgrades along the Kitty Litter trail. The southern 100-metre section is being moved to connect with a utility right of way near Davis Lake Main about 80 metres north of the existing trailhead at After School Special. The work is happening as part of a volunteer workshop on trails hosted by United Riders of Cumberland (UROC) and supported by the Village.

Some features at other trail locations are being decommissioned, the Village said, due to structural questions that came to light during inspections of Buttered Pig and Tied Knot. The technical trail features (boardwalks, ladders and skinnies) showed decay on select features. According to the Village, the plan is to maintain and repair features where possible, but because of safety concerns, certain features will be decommissioned. The project’s contributors and supporters include UROC, Cumberland Forest and the Comox Valley Land Trust.

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Safety is also a question for the zipline at Village Park Playground in Cumberland, as the Village announced that staff has investigated what it will take to repair the structure. Damage to the custom north structural arch is significant in both scope and cost. The expectation is for the facility to be closed for several months, with the target to reopen as spring 2021.

“We understand the popularity of the feature to the community and will continue to work to have it up and running as soon as possible,” the Village said on its website.

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