Distributed December 15, 2016 12:30 PM
New trail connects Buttertubs to Bowen Park
A new trail was recently opened which connects Buttertubs Marsh with Bowen Park. It extends to many other trails in Nanaimo; is part of the Millstone Trail system; and forms part of the Trans Canada Trail, connecting the VIU and NDSS campuses and the Larry McNabb Sport Zone with the City's downtown trails.
The trail was a result of the Millstone Trunk Sewer Replacement project completed earlier in the fall of this year. As part of the project, efforts were made to minimize storm water impact into Buttertubs Marsh by creating a bioswale, which will intercept and clean storm runoff before entering the marsh.
Strategic Link: The new trail supports an Active Lifestyle. The Millstone Trunk Sewer Replacement project supports Asset Management.
- The new trail connects Buttertubs Marsh and Bowen Park to a larger trail network including the Millstone Trail and Trans Canada Trail.
- The Millstone Trunk Sewer Replacement project extended from Pryde Vista Golf course across the Millstone River, up Buttertubs Drive and connected to a segment of the trunk sewer near Bowen Road.
- The sewer project used a pipe bursting method to replace the old sewer pipe which reduced the amount of excavation required and, in turn, reduced costs.
- Design of the project included features to minimize the environmental impact to Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area.
- Pipe bursting is where a new pipe is installed where the old pipe is located. A “burst head” is used to burst or fragment the old pipe while the new pipe is installed.