The Anderton Therapeutic Gardens Society

I just stumbled on a very useful website at http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/main/community/parks-trails/comox-valley-parks.html  Here they list over 30 local nature parks, green-way paths, and forested trails with links that give relevant descriptions, features, location and directions. Among other things this site also provides links to transit information and recreation facilities. The site can also be accessed at http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/EN/index.html and then clicking on ‘Community’.
The Anderton Therapeutic Gardens Society  recently received a $3,790 grant from the Comox Valley Community Foundation that enabled them to install a new wheelchair accessible pathway to the accessible toilet so that those who need that facility will be able to access it easily. The Garden just keeps getting better.
The swimming season may be ending but the Courtenay and District Memorial Outdoor Pool now has a new pool lift installed to help people to get in or out of the pool in the years to come thanks to funding from the Comox Valley Regional District.
Phase Four of the Rotary Trail between 21st and 26th Streets is in progress, expected to be completed within a little over a month. Hooking up with the first three phases, the hard-surfaced gravel trail provides a safe and convenient commuting route for walkers, cyclists, joggers, wheelchairs and strollers.
In light of recent press reports, I thought that I should share some text from ICBC: “Distracted driving, such as using a personal electronic device while driving, is the third leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. Between 2008 and 2012, approximately 91 fatalities each year were due to distracted driving, compared to 115 fatalities due to speed-related crashes and 95 due to impaired-related crashes.” That speaks only of the fatalities and not the personal injuries.

Jim Murdoch is a Community Support Worker for Future Focus in the Comox Valley.  e-mail: murdochjim@hotmail.com