Burridge’s ideas for the park are all encompassing. (Submitted)

Burridge’s ideas for the park are all encompassing. (Submitted)

Lake Cowichan supports BCAA contest entry from Lake Cowichan (Video)

A grant application by Katie Burridge for a “re-imagining” of Sahtlam Park got endorsement from Lake Cowichan town council April 11.

Burridge hopes her idea will win money from the BCAA Play Here initiative, aimed at improving community parks.

In her application, Burridge said there are several play areas around town but each has its limitations and her plan includes many ideas to suit many people.

The elements would include a wide accessible trail, a street hockey rink, with wooden boards and a paved surface, a willow tunnel and hut, a tot track, a log area: a natural play feature that would include plants, outdoor exercise equipment, a rock climbing area, a butterfly garden, seating, signage, garbage bins, and trees and other plants.

The contest entry focuses on safety, function, aesthetics, and sustainability.

If she wins, Burridge has asked for $80,000 for the project.

“These park improvements would not only improve the neighbourhood, but the impacts would be far reaching for the entire community,” she said. “This small park would have many benefits for people from all segments of the population. Sahtlam Park has the potential of being a social hub for the neighbourhood and community, and will add incredible value to the aesthetics of the neighbourhood. Ensuring that the park has been created with accessibility, and diversity of users as priorities will help create a space everyone can enjoy. A new street hockey rink would enable the youth of the community to continue to play the sport [after the nearby tennis court is changed to a pickleball court],” she said.