The name of the new Chilliwack park, Lexw Qwò:m, describes in Halq’emeylem, a section of the Eastern Hillsides perpetually covered in moss.
“This park celebrates its history while providing a new space for families, hikers and bikers to get outside and enjoy the fresh air,” Mayor Ken Popove said.
The opening celebration for the new park is Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m., at 51930 Hack Brown Road, just off the Annis Road exit.
“Lexw Qwò:m is the result of collaboration between local stakeholders, and I look forward to celebrating its opening together,” Popove said.
The park has a day-use picnic area, and a trail network linking up to the Community Forest. There is a 500m loop trail, and a 3km trail that connects to the forest.
The park project came to fruition in part because of the hard work and dedication of the Chilliwack Park Society, whose members led the trail-building effort over the past two years, with the help of hundreds of volunteer hours, and materials from City of Chilliwack.
The city funded the project, built the parking lot, day-use area, and refurbished the old Dunville Creek and Nevin Creek water-intake structures as trail bridges. The old intake infrastructure had metal walkways over them, which were incorporated into the new park.
The site, off Hack Brown Road, was once the source of the city’s drinking-water supply at Dunville and Nevin Creeks.
Lexw Qwò:m was the ancestral name for the area, identified in consultation with elders, according to Cheam community member Carrielynn Victor. The park features old growth remnants which are covered year-round in blankets of moss, which is reflected in the name.
The new park and connecting trails are now open to the public.