The West Creston ferry crossing the Kootenay River in 1948.

Regional District helping West Creston ferry landing project move forward

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The park at the former West Creston ferry landing is motoring ahead.

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Area C director Larry Binks and parks operations supervisor Cary Gaynor are crafting a park land agreement with the Creston Diking District. The purpose of the agreement is to occupy and develop the lands known as the Creston ferry landing. Development at this site has been interrupted as this agreement is worked out.

Trails for Creston Valley Society volunteers have been monitoring and cleaning the site. The agreement, once materially in place, will allow the finishing touches to be placed on this site. The diking district is unique in that it has title to the lands and an obligation to take control during emergencies. The RDCK will need the authority to occupy and develop the park lands for recreation purposes.

Trails for Creston Valley is ready to continue with the planned development with two sealed tank privies and the appropriate historic signs to acknowledge the importance of this site to the valley.

The society appreciates the patience and understanding of the Creston Diking District, and to local Binks and his staff for their willingness to find a way to complete this wonderful addition to the valley public parks inventory.

Over 300 hours of volunteer effort have gone into this project, made possible by various financial contributors and volunteers who gifted the rare element of free resources, labour, tools, equipment, vehicles and supplies.

—TRAILS FOR CRESTON VALLEY

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