Cumberland Coun. Gwyn Sproule was somewhat dismayed to discover an historical structure has become part of a biking trail behind Chinatown.
Last weekend, she noticed a mountain bike jump had been constructed at the concrete structure that once served as a coal-fired steam generating plant. It is located on land the Cumberland Community Forest Society had donated to the village with a covenant, “almost like a book that says what can happen,” Sproule said.
The moss-covered structure is about four-feet high with a water pipe and arches with chambers. It operated for about 11 years in the early 20th century.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Sproule said. “It’s not well delineated. There’s no sign. I’m not excusing them but I could see how they would not know what it was.”
The three covenant holders — the Comox Valley Land Trust, the CCFS and the Village — will soon meet to discuss the situation.