RDN installing permanent directional signs in Cox Park

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, June 9 2015

Directional signs will soon be going up in Cox Community Park, with funding from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and installation labour being donated by the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust (GaLTT).

At the latest meeting of the Gabriola Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Committee, GaLTT and POSAC member Randy Young was asked if GaLTT was able to contribute funding.

Young said GaLTT felt the signs “should be paid for by the RDN, it is their park. In order to make life easy, we’ve provided the labour to put the signs in, to do the labour.”

He added he had offered some benches to be included, but wasn’t sure if they were up to the RDN’s standards.

Howard Houle, RDN Director for Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, DeCourcy) said he had spoken with Wendy Marshal, RDN Manager of Parks Services.

“We have money for the signs, but welcome signs and benches would have to go in the 2016 budget.”

Young said the directional signs inside the park were the priority, as people are more often getting lost inside the park, rather than finding the entrances to the park from outside it.

“Their objective is, ‘How do I get out of here?’ The proposal is about marking the various exits.”

The POSAC members, including Young, approved the RDN moving ahead with installing the directional signage as currently funded, and put benches and welcome signs for the park in the 2016 parks budget.

POSAC members also discussed including signs inside Cox Park which would point to exits where people would find themselves on the GERTIE bus routes. Recognizing those signs would be temporary additions to the sign posts, as GERTIE is still in a pilot project phase.