Four members of the Ballenas Civic Action Group gave city council Monday an update on their efforts to revitalize Nicholls Park.
The students, who are graduating this year from Ballenas Secondary School, undertook the project last year.
Student Kyle Warner told council the park was basically "a big empty field." It's a "big project," he said, that's "well underway."
Nic Annau noted that the city kickstart-ed the project, providing $9,500 and crews to undertake substantial irrigation and trail work.
The students also did fund-raising, he said, and secured grants from the Parks-ville-Qualicum Foundation ($1,500) and Coastal Community Credit Union ($1,000). Breezy Russ acknowledged Cara MacDonald, of MacDonald Gray Consultants, for providing the plan.
A trail has been dug in, she said, and they're hoping to get flexible edging.
There will also be signs (provided by scottsigns), similar to signs in other city parks, a gazebo, picnic tables and benches to be built by BSS students who will continue the project.
Annau said there are students in Grades 9 and 10 who are "ready to take over."
Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson said she's proud of the students and how they "really pulled the community together."
She said residents have told her they're "overjoyed at the work being done."
[BRIAN WILFORD PHOTO] / From left: Ballenas Secondary School students and Civic Action Group members Hayley Milne, Kyle Warner, Nic Annau and Breezy Russ. Below: the park plans.;
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