Just in time for the busy summer season, the long awaited East Sector Lands Recreation Site is now open and ready for visitors.
While it was technically an unofficial trail system for many years, the area had been a local favourite among walkers and hikers alike.
The new improved trail system located on McCombs Drive off McPherson Road will now be regularly maintained and managed by the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) through an agreement with BC Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) and the Village of Harrison Hot Spring as well as partnership support from Sts’ailes.
The improvements include trail resurfacing, danger tree and vegetation maintenance, as well as new park amenities including picnic tables, a washroom facility, parking area, and interpretive signs.
The $75,000 improvement project was partially made possible through $24,250 in funding from the Canada 150 Fund, MFLNRO, and FVRD.
Ongoing operational expenses will be included in the FVRD’s annual budget.
Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon Jati Sidhu commended the district on the development.
“The East Sector Lands will provide opportunities for people to come together in the spirit of recreation, helping to build a stronger community,” he said.
MLA Laurie Throness echoed Sidhu’s sentiment.
“Community, trails are the basis of many of our most popular summer recreational activities. These upgrades will provide walkers and hikers in the Harrison area with improved access and amenities on their favourite trails,” he added.
For Harrison Hot Springs mayor Leo Facio, “the Village of Harrison Hot Springs has long been noted for its natural beauty and has championed for this long awaited opportunity to enhance the Village’s trail network.”
He added that “as a Resort Municipality, we are extremely excited that this partnership will enrich the tourism experience and provide additional recreation opportunities for our residents, visitors and community partners. We are very thankful to Sts’ailes, the FVRD, provincial and federal governments on bringing this vision to fruition.”