Solar lights over flashlights

Proposal by RDEK for solar lights off Athalmer Road to brighten path

Those who have made the trek from the Athalmer bridge up to the Crossroads after dark know to pack a flashlight. But if the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) succeeds with its Columbia Basin Trust grant application, two new solar lights will be installed off Athalmer Road to brighten the walk.

Kevin Paterson, RDEK’s environmental services manager, said: “It’s dark and it’s difficult to see… on the darkest stretches adjacent to the road.”

He said the lights would be added on the steepest sections along Athalmer Road. The solar lights would cost $8,000 to shine some light on the pathway for anyone inclined to hike the trail at night.

Colin Peet, who is a recreation services supervisor for RDEK, came up with the idea for the proposal after getting feedback from people who found the path difficult to navigate in the dark.

Driving past, Mr. Peet has also seen pedestrians using their cell phones as flashlights to illuminate their way.

“Using the trail can get pretty sketchy,” because it’s steep and can be slippery in the winter, he said. He hopes to add solar lights to make the path safer and to “help people enjoy the trail more.”

According to RDEK’s application, the trail is popular year round and is used so shoppers can access the stores, restaurants and businesses located along the path. The RDEK is asking the Trust to provide $6,000 for the project and is prepared to provide $2,000 in assistance.

If the funding is approved, RDEK anticipates having the lights shining by the end of August.

Just Posted

School threat reported; student may face charges

DTSS back to “business as usual” after online threat by student

Valley Stars on Ice

Figure skating show this Sunday, March 17th

Rite to Ride seeks to train riders in mountain presence

Devin Publicover has launched a new foundation in Invermere

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Most Read