Users accessing Haven Woods from King Road encouraged to use GaLTT parking area

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, April 28 2015

Property owners along King Road are hoping for some cooperation from those using the dead-end street to access the Haven Woods trail opened by the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust (GaLTT) last August.

Over the past year the trail has become more popular and vehicle congestion at the end of King has become an issue for the property owners along both sides of the road. As seen in the GaLTT map to the right, the access at King does provide those in the Malaspina area with excellent walking access to the GaLTT trails (red) and Regional District of Nanaimo's parks.

But because King is so narrow, even when trail users are parking on the opposite side of King from driveways, residents were finding it difficult to make the turns into their homes. As well, access for larger emergency vehicles should they be called while someone is walking in the woods has become a concern.

GaLTT volunteers have set up a parking area large enough for at least seven vehicles, roughly 120 metres down King Road from the entrance to Haven Woods and have requested that people use that parking area if accessing the trail system.

Photo below: the GaLTT parking area (with silver vehicle) as seen from 120m away at the Haven Woods entrance.

Transportation Ministry staff were asked if there was any potential solution.

Their answer was, “Ministry staff have met with some residents and are looking into their request to install No Parking signs on this section of King Road.

“It is important to ensure safe and accessible parking for those using the trail system. At the same time, it is important that local residents also have access to their homes.

“Ministry staff will consult with the local RCMP and will also reach out to local emergency responders to discuss the best way to manage the parking of vehicles at the dead end of King Road.”