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

Man caught driving drunk with three young children in car

Multiple calls to RCMP for driver swerving back and forth on highway through Kootenay National Park

Jointly-hosted tea at museum

Strawberry Social 2 p.m. June 15th at museum grounds

The pen is mightier than the board

Local group of kids plans to put out regular newsletter as fundraising initiative

Celebrate Pride in the Park at 2nd annual event

Weekend of festivities June 14-15th

Ambushed with honour

Mike Gray receives Rotary’s highest honour in surprise presentation at Horsethief pub anniversary

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Police investigating fatal collision near Grave Lake

Grave Lake is located approximately halfway between Sparwood and Elkford

Most Read