Progress made in the community forest

The next community trail building day is Saturday, Oct. 24 beginning at 2 p.m.

Students from the Unity Christian School shop classes (pictured) and other volunteers are making great progress in the Community Forest. Next trail building day is Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.

The Chilliwack Park Society is hosting their next community trail building day on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m.

Thanks to the work of countless, dedicated volunteers in the community, the 1.5 km beginner loop and the 2 km moderate loop are both completed.

Students from the Unity Christian School shop classes have busily been installing drainage culverts. Justin Jonk from QPL Excavating has volunteered his time and equipment to build the initial access trail.

Educational and informative signage plans are in the works, with a coordinated effort between the Chilliwack Park Society, the City Parks department and First Nations groups.

Saturdays efforts will focus on cleaning up a cedar picnic shelter on-site, installing culverts, and cleaning up the beginner loop trail.

Though the trails are already getting some use, project manager Marc Greidanus says that they hope to hold their grand opening in the spring, with more trails to come over the winter.

The Chilliwack Community Forest is located at 51996 Allan Road.To take part in the trail-building on Saturday Oct. 24, bring closed-toed shoes, work gloves, a shovel and water.

Trail-building begins at 2 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.

To learn more about the project, visit chilliwackparksociety.ca.