Bennie’s Trail

 

The new 'trail-head' sign showing the fabulous community involvement that resulted in Port Moody's newest trail!

The new ‘trail-head’ sign showing the fabulous community involvement that resulted in Port Moody’s newest trail!

April 14th, 2014 saw the City of Port Moody erect the official signage for “Bennie’s Trail” around the Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody. The trail is named in honor of Dave Bennie and his late father, Doug Bennie, both of whom loved the hatchery and volunteered countless hours ensuring its success. To read more about Doug and Dave’s volunteer history, click here…….

The interpretive trail loop was opened in October 2012 and was the culmination of two months of hard work by Dave Bennie, Kuldip Sing, Toufiq Paiman, Brian Wormald and several other volunteers.  It was a great community effort. Teaming up with TD Tree Days and the Evergreen Foundation, approximately $2,000 worth of native trees and shrubs were planted around the hatchery and along the trail. Before that happened, PMES volunteers felt it would add more value if the planting and trail could be incorporated with a native species ‘identification plan’.

For this to happen, the public would need to be able to get into the forest to appreciate them.  So, under the direction of Dave Bennie, several short trails were planned to navigate the forest that surrounds the hatchery building. After the planting, several footbridges over the beautiful small waterways were created using recycled materials;  even the mulch which forms the bed for the trail was donated.  Metal plates are attached to posts containing the plant’s common name, scientific name and photo.  This is not only for the general public’s benefit but is now an adjunct to the PMES school programmes.

So, if you haven’t already, next time you’re down near the hatchery, take a short detour and enjoy our “Bennie’s Trail”!

On July 12th, 2014 the Mayor of Port Moody Mike Clay, other city dignitaries and community partners officiated at the ‘opening’ of Bennie’s Trail.  On hand also were Vivienne Bennie (Dave’s mom and Doug’s widow) and Jean Folkestead (Doug’s sister) to accept the dedication in recognition of Doug’s contribution to the Society and community in general.

The event was covered by the local SNAPD Coquitlam newspaper as well. Check out their article at this link:  http://www.snapcoquitlam.com/index.php?option=com_sngevents&id[]=697589

 

From L to R: Mary Vellani (TD Friends of the Environment), Malcolm (Inlet Seafoods), Councilor Bob Elliot, Dave Bennie, Councilor Zoë Royer, Mayor Mike Clay, Toufiq Paiman. (Photo courtesy of PMES member Doug Calder)

The ‘work’ crew – L to R: Jennifer Allott, Megan Edmunds, Dave Bennie, Kuldip Manhas, Toufiq Paiman (Photo courtesy of PMES member Doug Calder)

Dave Bennie with the sign erected on April 14th, 2014 at the start of the recently completed "Bennie's Trail" near Noons Creek Hatchery.

Dave Bennie with the sign erected on April 14th, 2014 at the start of the recently completed “Bennie’s Trail” near Noons Creek Hatchery. (Photo courtesy of PMES member Brian Wormald)

 

The Bennie family – L to R: Jean Folkestead, Vivienne Bennie, Dave Bennie. (Photo courtesy of PMES member Doug Calder)

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