What is this engagement about?
MacMillan Park, also known as Cathedral Grove, is world-renowned and attracts approximately 500,000 visitors annually. Visitors come to the area via Highway 4 which runs through the park.
The Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has made safety improvements to this section of highway. However, the increase in the park’s popularity has led to concerns about pedestrian crossings, unsafe parking practices and other traffic issues. During site analysis, vehicles at Cathedral Grove were observed using the highway as a loading zone, conducting U-turns and three-point turns, reversing into oncoming traffic and backing up across both lanes.
The Cathedral Grove Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Study is seeking public input on understanding these issues, with a series of open houses and an online questionnaire open until January 4, 2019.
The ministry held two open houses:
Port Alberni – November 21, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at Port Alberni Friendship Centre – Clutesi Hall, 3555 4th Avenue
Parksville – November 22, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at Oceanside Place – Multi-purpose room, 830 West Island Highway
How can my contribution make a difference?
The goal of this engagement process is to learn more about how to address safety and parking concerns at Cathedral Grove, while protecting environmental, social and cultural values. Recommendations and options for pedestrian and traffic safety improvements will be presented back to the public for future engagement in the spring 2019.
Details of the Consultation:
Date: November 14 to January 4, 2019
Type: In-person, Online, Mail