Tuesday, February 27, 2024
February 27, 2024

Multi-use path gets $100,000 Shaw grant

A local organization has received funding to add to the pathway connecting Ganges and Central.

Partners Creating Pathways is the 2018 recipient of the Shaw Family Community Grant. The grant is one of five $100,000 grants awarded by the Salt Spring Island Foundation from the Shaw bequest over a five-year period. This year’s grant will help construct a stretch of path along Lower Ganges Road from Booth Canal to Baker roads. It is part of Partners Creating Pathways’ plan to connect Ganges and Central by a multi-use cycling and walking path by 2020.

“It’s an important community infrastructure project,” said Lesley Reynolds, vice chair of the Salt Spring Island Foundation. “It addresses safety issues because that area of road is quite dangerous. We do know people who say they don’t walk or ride their bicycles into town because of some of these issues.”

The plan is to eventually extend the current pathway from Ganges village to Portlock Park. 

The pathway will allow people to travel along Lower Ganges Road safely and be a part of the proposed CRD Regional Trail route. Planning is currently underway for the pathway, and construction will hopefully begin this spring, according to a Salt Spring Island Foundation press release.

“This new section of pathway is an important addition to community infrastructure. It will improve pedestrian safety along a dangerous section of road and encourage more people to walk,” said Kees Ruurs, chair of the foundation’s board of directors, in the release. “The existing [PCP] pathways have been a great success and are used by residents and visitors of all ages, from babies in strollers to the elderly.” 

For more on this story, see the Feb. 7, 2018 issue of the Gulf Islands Driftwood newspaper, or subscribe online.


Sign up for our newsletter and stay informed

Receive news headlines every week with our free email newsletter.

Other stories you might like

LCC mulls SIMS offices

Local officials aren’t deterred by potential obstacles to housing more government offices within the Salt Spring Island Multi Space (SIMS) building, voting unanimously to...

Editorial: Broom busters salute

When it comes to doing their part for ecological causes, Salt Spring Islanders will often go above and beyond. Take their enthusiasm for Scotch broom...

Salt Spring CRD taxes up 7%

By GARY HOLMAN SSI ELECTORAL AREA DIRECTOR The final CRD budget for 2024, a difficult year, particularly at the local level due to several factors, will...

Beach Dave’s trash cleanup initiative inspires

By LAUREN PORTER Special to the Driftwood Three years ago, I moved to Salt Spring, having decided this is where I would like to raise my...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Salt Spring Island
few clouds
-2 ° C
0.8 °
-4.2 °
86 %
20 %
1 °
6 °
6 °
4 °
3 °