Category Archives: Friends of John Dean Park

L/JDP, WEST BLOCK AT 30

A FRIENDS LEGACY – Thirty years ago on August 10, 1989, the Friends of John Dean Park achieved the sixth and most recent addition to ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park. This west-side land addition spanned from Alec Road to the west line of John Dean’s property.   The Addition: http://www.johndeanpark.com/the-west-block-addition-1989/   Trail Maintenance: http://www.johndeanpark.com/merrill-harrop-trail-2018-improvements/   ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean […]

EXPONENTIAL STEWARDSHIP

The priorities of 35 and 25 years ago   At Lillian Hoffar Park which fronts on the western side of Tsehum Harbour, recently 14 people met for a three hour ivy pull. This Stage 1 removal brought back memories of the initial ivy removal at Illahie during the late 1990s. Mid-morning, I moved over to […]

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Witnessing Ceremony

Dual Name Event, June 3, 2019 A celebration of the renaming of ȽÁU,WELṈEW/John Dean Park Welcome/EWÁ E NE EN SḰEL, ḰEL “Jarrett, you are on the list of honoured guests so I hope you are there!” – Adam Olsen The BC Legislature approved Bill 16 – 2019 on May 2nd and 14th, 2019, which added […]

Jarrett’s 30th at ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

2019 celebrates Jarrett’s 45th birthday, 27 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, and marks his 30th anniversary of volunteering at John Dean Park. Yes, during spring break 1989, Jarrett was 14½ when he first excavated the great stone steps along Bob Boyd’s Climb, and that summer he participated in building the Slektain Trail. […]

Merrill Harrop Trail 2018 Improvements

Sustainable trail improvements have been accomplished. For a particular project at John Dean Park (17-21 Dec 18, full days), I’ve never received so many compliments. Thank-you so much for your support and appreciation for this high-level trail stewardship. Anyone familiar with the Merrill Harrop Trailhead at Alec Road, knows the long exposed polished Douglas fir […]

SLEKTAIN ŚKEM¸SET (TRAIL)

Surveyed summer 1988 – 30th Anniversary Spring and summer 1988 was the period where the Barret Montfort, Woodward, and Merrill Harrop Trails were considered built and open for the public. In March 1989, BC Parks installed new cedar air blasted signs for Barret Montfort (4), Woodward (2), and Merrill Harrop (1). Shortly afterwards, Edo Nyland […]

UNVEILING THREE NEW TRAILS – 30 years ago

Friends Picnic, May 21, 1988 By year four, the Friends of John Dean Park had many endeavours underway: –          Old garbage: removals from road, summit, and viewpoints; –          Fire pit in the picnic site: request for removal; –          Night Gate: request for installation; –          Parking lot kiosk and park map: request for installation; –          Radar […]

ESTABLISHING A SUITABLE TRAIL SYSTEM, 1987-90

By 1987, the parks clean-up was well underway. On January 9, 1987, the founder and president of the Friends, Edo Nyland met with the BC Parks Zone Supervisor; Parks Planner; Resource Technician & Surveyor; and the Visitor Services Representative. They toured the old-growth valley, out the West Viewpoint, along the Surveyors’ Trail and up the […]

VOLUNTEER ELDERS – 7 years plus

Friends Executive Service / Park Volunteer These consistent and amazing volunteers – are the precious few – who have maintained the “Friends” and supported this provincial park since 1984. Updated for June 2019 Name Period (years) Impression Elizabeth Nyland 1984 – 1999 (15) Founder Edo Nyland 10 May 84: elected President 30 Oct 96: elected […]

TRAIL BUILDERS, 1987-90

These amazing volunteers constructed the great John Dean Park loop trail. If I’ve accidently omitted/misspelled someone, please let me know; updated – summer 2019. By February 8, 1988, the volunteer trail crew had become too large for one project. The main 31 person troop split into three teams. The Alec Road Crew was led by […]

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