A Kimberley group says the majority of work on city trails is done by a handful of burnt-out volunteers.
The Nature Park Society is looking for support with path maintenance and other projects.
President Kent Goodwin says they plan to expand their team so they don’t always turn to the same people.
“A lot of the work that we do in the park is physical,” Goodwin says. “Certainly, I think we need to find a younger cohort of people to help with the physical tasks.”
He says their goal is to increase in size to avoid burning out their core members with physically intensive projects.
“We rely entirely on volunteers at this point to do that maintenance. As the trail network has grown, there is a greater need for those volunteers,” Goodwin says. “Anytime we can find new people that are interested in helping out with the park, we are very happy to welcome them in.”
Goodwin says the majority of their members are retired and younger volunteers would make trail work easier.
The group teamed up with the local Trails Society last month to seek funding from the city and the RDEK for a trails manager.
Anyone interested in helping out can contact the society through their website.
– Kimberley Nature Park Society President, Kent Goodwin