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 – February 23, 2014.

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 Ted Greenwood; with 11 regulars they worked from the road upwards. The Central Saanich Crew was led by Conroy Schultz; with 6 regulars they started the Woodward Trail, working from the West Viewpoint Trail eastward. The East Side Crew was led by Edo Nyland; with 14 regulars, they started the Woodward Trail as a continuation of the Montfort Trail working westward. By mid-April the Woodward Trail was opened; the upper crews started on the Alec Road trail and worked down/westward. Moral was high, and steady progress was happening weekly. Their chosen deadline for completion was May 20, 1988 – just in time for the first Friends Annual Picnic, Saturday, May 21st.

 

East-Side

1987

Barret Montfort

South-Side

1988

Woodward

West-Side

1988

Merrill Harrop

North-Side

1989

Slektain

Edo Nyland: “Barret Montfort Trail along the whole east border; it was hard work by a crew of about 10 or 12. Ivy Anderson was the coffee and doughnut supplier!” Edo Nyland: “Part of Woodward was easy – Sven Rasmussen put the trail through the flower meadow.” Edo Nyland: “Harrop Trail was quite difficult and very long.” 

Greenwood’s: “While Merrill was, due to his advancing age, unable to actually do any work on the trail itself, he did ride up a few times to “inspect!”

Edo Nyland: “Slektain Trail, the hardest work of all, on which some 30 people laboured, including two youth crews.”
Surveyed by Neil Michaluk and Edo Nyland, March 21, 1987.

 

Approved by BC Parks, September 21, 1987.

 

Neil Michaluk designed and built the wood staircases.

Surveyed by Neil Michaluk and Edo Nyland, autumn 1987.

 

Approved by BC Parks, January 26, 1988.

Surveyed by Ted & Gwen Greenwood, summer 1987; and completed by Edo Nyland, autumn 1987.

 

Approved by BC Parks, January 26, 1988.

Surveyed by Neil Michaluk and Edo Nyland, August 1988.

 

Approved by BC Parks, March 10, 1989.

Charlie Goldie: Stone patios, settings & cedar bridges. Charlie Goldie: Stone patios & settings. Charlie Goldie: Stone settings. Charlie Goldie: Stone patios, settings & cedar bridges.
Conroy Schultz Conroy Schultz Conroy Schultz Jarrett Teague
Dieter Weichert Dieter Weichert Dieter Weichert Dieter Weichert
Jack & Bea Anderson Jack & Bea Anderson Jack & Bea Anderson Jack & Bea Anderson
Cy & Mary Hampson Cy & Mary Hampson Cy & Mary Hampson Cy & Mary Hampson
Neil & Sally Stewart Neil & Sally Stewart Neil & Sally Stewart Neil & Sally Stewart
Ken & Una Dobson Ken & Una Dobson Ken & Una Dobson Ken & Una Dobson
Ivy Anderson Ivy Anderson Ivy Anderson Ivy Anderson
Bernard Silvergieter Bernard Silvergieter Helmut Franke Helmut Franke
Horley Dylker Horley Dylker Horley Dylker Horley Dylker
Des Crossley Des Crossley Des Crossley Des Crossley
Susan Woods Larry Booth Brenda Greenwood John Dawson
Susan Woods & kids Jan Ruthven Jocelyn Greenwood Alfred Smith
Dietrich Schultz Dietrich Schultz Dietrich Schultz Ken Arnott
Terry Feesey Harold & Susan Rasmussen Harold & Susan Rasmussen Harold & Susan Rasmussen
Andrew Yeoman Sven & Kathy Rasmussen Sven & Kathy Rasmussen Sven & Kathy Rasmussen
Tim & Penny Hives: Tim carved the large “Pickles’ Bluff” sign, presented to Norman Pickles on May 21, 1988. Tim & Penny Hives: Tim carved two small “Woodward Trail 20min” signs. Tim & Penny Hives: Tim carved the “Merrill Harrop Trail 20min” sign, presented to Merrill on May 21, 1988.  
Stephen Hives Stephen Hives Stephen Hives  
Hugh Taylor Carron Bertulis Carron Bertulis  
Johanna Feesey Miles & Vicki Legault Miles & Vicki Legault  
Glen Fraser Glen Fraser Nick Swinburne  
Heather Osterhont Ian & Brenda May Ian & Brenda May  
Hans Fischer Trevor May Trevor May  
Tony Garnett Tony Garnett Tony Garnett  
Mike Curtis Mike Curtis Bill Jeshwell  
Jan Ruthven Roy & Jenny Hyndman Roy & Jenny Hyndman  
Allan Pettigrew Bill Jeshwell Larry Booth  
Harley Debkar Harley Debkar Harley Debkar  
Mel Hanson Jo Ihlen Jo Ihlen  
Kees Vermeer Kees Vermeer Kees Vermeer  
Tony Garnett Ron Gardner  Jo Doman  
Ted Lyons Ted Lyons    
Chuck & Muriel Ford Chuck & Muriel Ford    
Jack Erskine Hans Fischer    
Hugh Stanhope Hugh Stanhope    
Barbara Abernethy Alan Philips    
  Dennis Fedoruk    
  Earl Davis    
  Luke Gysbers    
  Steve Germaniuk    
  Ron Gardner    
 
BC Parks – Regional Planner, South Coast Region: Jim Morris BC Parks – Regional Planner, South Coast Region: Jim Morris BC Parks – Regional Planner, South Coast Region: Jim Morris BC Parks – Regional Planner, South Coast Region: Jim Morris
BC Parks – District Manager, Malahat District: Don Carruthers BC Parks – District Manager, Malahat District: Don Carruthers BC Parks – A/District Manager, Malahat District: Robin Soule (started autumn 1988) BC Parks – A/District Manager, Malahat District: Robin Soule
BC Parks – Zone Supervisor, Gulf Island Zone, Malahat District: Bill Shaw BC Parks – Zone Supervisor, Gulf Island Zone, Malahat District: Bill Shaw BC Parks – A/Zone Supervisor, Gulf Island Zone, Malahat District: Derrick Auringer (started spring 1988) BC Parks – A/Zone Supervisor, Gulf Island Zone, Malahat District: Derrick Auringer
BC Parks – Visitor Services Coordinator: Catherine Mackin BC Parks – Volunteer Coordinator, Visitor Services: Ron Kerr BC Parks – Visitor Services Coordinator: Catherine Mackin BC Parks – Visitor Services Coordinator: Catherine Mackin
 
Environmental Youth Corps of BC w/supervisor, Jack Thom, guided by Edo Nyland.

 

Crew #2-A, Sep 1990, 2 weeks.

BC Environmental Youth Corps of BC w/supervisor, Jack Thom, guided by Edo Nyland.

 

Crew #3, Oct 1990, 2 weeks.

Environmental Youth Corps of BC w/supervisor, Jack Thom, guided by Edo Nyland.

 

Crew #4, Sep 2001, 1 week.

Environmental Youth Corps of BC w/supervisor, Jack Thom, guided by Edo Nyland.

 

Crew #1, Aug-Sep 1989, 6 weeks. 

 

Crew #2-B, Sep-Oct 1990, 4 weeks.

By Jarrett Teague,

 

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