Public input is needed about amenities near the future water treatment plant.

CVRD seeks input on proposed recreational facilities

Possible amenities include shelter, educational displays, drinking water, washrooms and parking

With the location of the future water treatment plant off Lake Trail Road confirmed, the CVRD has launched an online survey to seek public input on proposed recreational facilities at the site, which offers access to Bevan Trail and the Puntledge Trail network.

The site offers the opportunity for installing a connecting trail and new facilities to make the trails even more accessible to the public. Examples of possible amenities include shelter, educational displays, drinking water, washrooms and parking.

To collect feedback about what the community would like to see, the CVRD is asking residents to weigh in with their opinions and ideas by responding to a short survey: connectcvrd.ca/WaterTreatment. Feedback will help determine how to proceed with making this a safe and enjoyable space for users of the trail network that connects Comox Lake, Nymph Falls and Stotan Falls.

“We are incorporating these trail head facilities as part of our design-build process for the Comox Valley Water Treatment Project,” said Charlie Gore, Manager of Capital Projects for the CVRD. “The feedback collected will be incorporated into the design plans for the new water treatment plant building and site. It is important that we hear from the community so that we can create amenities that will meet the needs of those who use the trails in the area.”

Copies of the survey will also be available at the CVRD offices. Drop by, or phone 250-334-6000 to get a copy.

Feedback will be collected until Feb. 25.

Scheduled to be operational in 2021, construction of the new water treatment system is estimated at $110 million. The project will be funded through a combination of grants from federal and provincial governments, reserve funds and borrowing. The average cost to Comox Valley Water System users is estimated at $86 per household, per year, over a maximum of 25 years.

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