Giant's trail work underway

Colton Davies

A recreation project years in the making has begun on Giant's Head Mountain in Summerland.

The project to redevelop much of the trail system started on Thursday and the work taking place will likely be done by June of 2019.

"We'll see some well-established trails, we'll see signage so people know where and how to get up the mountain and the various routes. And it will promote not only hiking up the mountain but also cycling," District of Summerland recreation manager Lori Mullin said. 

Mullins said a full “Giant’s Grind” trail will be better established, as too will a more accessible “Friendly Giant” trail.

As well, about one kilometre of trail will be added while about six kilometres worth will be decommissioned. Mullin said consolidating the trails will help prevent erosion on parts of the mountain.

"People using the other trails are doing some damage to the mountain, and so we're trying to guide people on specific trails."

The current phases of the project being done will cost $627,000. Of that, the district will foot the bill for only $190,000, as the province has provided a grant worth $435,000 for the work. Another $100,000 for design work has been funded by the Summerland Rotary, who have partnered with the district through planning.

There may be minimal disruptions for trail users during construction, and Mullin asks the public to respect the work that is happening.

She said third and fourth phases of construction will eventually be planned. Those will see work done to improve parking at the upper lot and amenities built such as bathrooms and benches.

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