Village Way Path budget increases

Rachelle Stein-Wotten

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder

Wednesday, June 9 2021

Another $60,000 will be added to the budget of the Village Way Path on Gabriola.

The Regional District of Nanaimo board approved the additional funds to be taken from the Electoral Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, DeCourcy) community works fund budget following a motion made by Area B Director Vanessa Craig.

Craig said at the meeting there have been some unanticipated costs related to access and visibility. 

The visibility issue has to do with fencing near Island Home and Garden, Craig told the Sounder. Some improvements will also be made at Church Road and staircases will be placed along the path near the corner of North and South roads to connect it to other paths at Madrona Marketplace.

The entire project has been funded through the Area B community works fund. The initial construction contract the RDN awarded, to Windley Contracting, was worth $971,349.

Yann Gagnon, manager of parks, told the parks and open spaces committee on May 17 that following completion of the path, the department will come up with a plan for future years to address “decorating aspects” to soften edges as well as enhancing drainage infrastructure.