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Drinking fountains OK'd for Galloping Goose and Lochside trails

Apr 19 2012
Cyclists on regional trails will soon have drinking fountains to help quench their thirst. 

Cyclists on regional trails will soon have drinking fountains to help quench their thirst.

Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Victoria Times Colonist , timescolonist.com

Trail-side drinking fountains are coming to the Galloping Goose and Lochside regional trails.

The Capital Regional District’s parks committee approved several projects Wednesday, including spending $55,000 on the installation of nine fountains — three this year and six next year.

Money for the drinking fountains — the location of which is yet to be decided — is being raised by a group of runners calling itself Drop in the Bucket.

Other capital projects in the works include:

-- E&N Rail Trail — About $5 million to continue work on the E&N Rail Trail, including the opening by this fall of a section from the Admirals-Colville intersection to Esquimalt Road. (Funding is coming from gas tax grants and capital reserves.)

-- Beaver Beach sewer line — $440,000 from capital reserve funds to install a new Beaver Beach sewer line and hook it to the community sewer. (Completion scheduled for early 2013.)

-- Beaver Beach toilet — Replace the existing toilet and connect to new Beaver Beach sewer line. (Estimated cost is $75,000 from capital reserve.)

-- Swan and Brett trestles resurfacing — $50,000 from capital reserves to investigate options for resurfacing and to resurface one Lochside Trail trestle.

-- Thetis Lake Pistol Range remediation — $500,000 of the estimated $750,000 cost of remediation of the old pistol range is budgeted to be spent in 2012. Timeline is subject to parks committee direction.

-- Thetis Lake Lakeshore Trail upgrade — The lakeshore trail upgrade around Upper Thetis Lake will be completed this year with $110,000 from the capital reserve. The trail along Lower Thetis Lake was upgraded in 2009 and 2010.

-- Jordan River Regional Reserve — Pending the transfer of two parcels of land acquired by the CRD four years ago in Jordan River secure the site to mitigate risks and liabilities. (About $100,000 from the capital reserve)

-- Todd Creek Trestle — $300,000 worth of maintenance to the historic trestle, half from capital reserve and half through a grant. Work to start in October.

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